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When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.
If you choose to use valerian, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open a valerian capsule. Swallow it whole.
If you need surgery, stop taking valerian at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with valerian does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Since valerian is used when needed, you are not likely to miss a dose.
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking valerian?
You should not use valerian if you are allergic to it.
Before using valerian, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use valerian if you have certain medical conditions.
It is not known whether valerian will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether valerian passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.
What should I avoid while taking valerian?
Valerian may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Avoid using valerian with other herbal/health supplements that can cause drowsiness. This includes 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), California poppy, catnip, chamomile, gotu kola, Jamaican dogwood, kava, melatonin, St. John's wort, skullcap (or scullcap), yerba mansa, and others.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase drowsiness caused by valerian.
Valerian side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although not all side effects are known, valerian is thought to be possibly safe when taken for a short period of time (4 to 8 weeks).
Stop using valerian and call your doctor at once if you have:
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common side effects may include:
feeling excited or uneasy;
strange dreams; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Valerian has been classified as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) in the United States for food use; extracts and the root oil are used as flavorings in foods and beverages. The observed in vitro cytotoxicity of valepotriate compounds may not be relevant in vivo because of limited absorption.
A dose of a commercial preparations of valerian extract 600 mg in healthy subjects peaked at 30 minutes to 2 hours, with an elimination half-life of 1.1 ± 0.6 hours, and the marker valerenic acid was in the serum for at least 5 hours after dosing. 35Anxiety
A clinical trial evaluating valerian as an anxiolytic used valeprotriates 150 mg in 3 divided doses for 4 weeks. 24 Other trials have used valerian dried herb 0.5 to 2 g, extract 0.5 to 2 mL, and tincture 2 to 4 mL. 14Insomnia
Valerian extract 400 to 600 mg taken 1 hour before bedtime for 2 to 4 weeks has been used in clinical trials evaluating valerian in insomnia. 13 , 31 , 32 A study conducted in children with insomnia (mean age, 11 years) used valerian extract 20 mg/kg body weight at night for 2 weeks. No adverse reactions were noted at this dosage; however, results were inconclusive. 6 , 36 Studies have consistently found no effect for a single dose of valerian in improving sleep latency or quality. 27 , 28 , 29
Valerian extract up to 1,215 mg has been used as a sedative, but clinical trials have not established an optimal dose, and issues of standardization of content and preparation quality have been raised. 6 , 13 Many commercial preparations exist either as valerian alone or in combination with other compounds.
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