St. John's Wort

St. John's wort is an herbal remedy that acts as an antidepressant for mild depression. Though it is generally safe, it may increase sensitivity to sunlight, may have an additive effect if you're taking SSRI antidepressants, and may change the metabolism of other drugs — which is of special concern to women taking birth control pills, people taking immunosuppressants, some cancer and HIV medications, and blood thinners. Anyone considering taking St. John's wort for mild to moderate depression who are taking other prescription meds should, therfore, consult a physician first.

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