Posted by: weaning off anti depressants | 2010/08/23

Is St John''s wort right for me

Dear Dr, I suffer from depression and have been on a very low dose of Zoloft for past 2 and half years. Have been seeing a psych as well and ok now, but still frequent bouts of blues. My GP says I must get off Zoloft which I did two weeks ago. But I am so scared that depression will return and zoloft helped my anxiety as well. Have bought " SOLAL, Naturally high"  but have heard that St John''s wort in it causes photosensitivity. Please can you advise whether this is correct for me?

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St John's wort only causes photosensitivity in some subjects. The 5HTP in the product would also help increase serotonin. A large percentage of serotonin is made in the gut. so make sure your gut is functioning well - no constipation or diarhoea as this could contribute to low mood. Make sure your blood sugar is also stable as this could affect mood.

Dr Debbie

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