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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Alcohol should not be combined with Zoloft.1
• Zoloft should not be taken in combination with the herbs Dong quai, Guarana, Hops, Lobelia, Marigold, Passion Flower, Sage, Slippery Elm, St. Johnís Wort, Valerian and Yohimbe, except under the care of a physician.2
• Ginkgo may be helpful in decreasing the sexual side effects associated with certain antidepressants. Discuss possible benefits with a physician or pharmacist before use.3
• Herbs that may interact with Zoloft to increase sedation include:calamus, calendula, chamomile, California poppy, catnip, couch grass, elecampane, ginseng Siberian, goldenseal, gotu kola, hops, Jamaican dogwood, kava, lemon balm, sage, St. John's wort, sassafras, scullcap, shepherd's purse, stinging nettle, valerian, withania root, and yerba mansa4
References1 Naranjo CA, Pouos CX, Bremner KE, Lanctot KL. Fluoxetine attenuates alcohol intake and desire to drink. Int Clin Psychopharmacol 1994;9:163-72.
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996:21,45,63,282.
2 Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.
2 Demott K. St. Johnís wort tied to serotonin syndrome. Clinical Psychiatry News 1998;26:28.
2 Gordon JB. SSRIs and St. Johnís wort: possible toxicity? Am Fam Physician 1998;57:950.
3 Cohen AJ. Long term safety and efficacy of Ginkgo biloba extract in the treatment of anti-depressant-induced sexual dysfunction. Psychiatry On-Line http://www.priory.com/ginkgo.html.
3 Sohn M, Sikora R. Ginkgo biloba extract in the therapy of erectile dysfunction. J Sex Educ Ther 1991;17:53-61.
4 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
4 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996:21,45,63,282.
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