Question about taking herbal otc med

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Question about taking herbal otc med

I have depression, anxiety, and OCD. I read that St John's Wort helps with all of those so I bought a bottle to try and it seems to be helping. Well, now I've been reading not to take it while you are pregnant, but there is no tests that show it has any ill effects. My next appointment isn't till next week and I'm wondering if I should stop taking it or continue until then. She has me on xanax but I have read that can cause birth defects and I would much rather take this. Ever since I have started this(only 2 days ago) I haven't needed my xanax. Should I stop taking until next week or if anyone knows anything about this if you could help me out cause I am pretty desperate.

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I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) which used to bring on horrible panic attacks and subsequently blackouts at times, since becoming pregnant I decided the risks of Xanax were just too great and stopped taking it all together. It was very hard at first but now I'm doing well (though I have my days). I found that exercising or just going somewhere quiet and sitting actually helped on my bad days best but I haven't tried any herbal stuff for it. I'm not a Dr but from what I found online it says you probably shouldn't take St John's Wort while you're pregnant or breastfeeding because they just don't have enough studies done on it. If you're worried about the St John's Wort just call your Drs office and ask to speak with a nurse, she should be able to ask the Dr for you and call you back fairly quickly with an answer. You don't have to wait until your next appointment to contact your Doctor, most of them understand that you have questions and concerns between appointments and are willing to answer them. Good Luck finding out your answer! Biggrin

Also, if you like I have an appointment with my OB this afternoon (2pm PST) so I can ask him about it since he knows I have a history of depression and anxiety.

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OMG if you could ask for me that would be great. I hate calling in all the time for questions. I would really appreciate it!!!

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"TiffyTaffy" wrote:

OMG if you could ask for me that would be great. I hate calling in all the time for questions. I would really appreciate it!!!

No problem! Biggrin I'll post his answer as soon as I can.

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Thank you so much!

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Just wanted to tell you I talked to my OB and he said it was fine to take saint johns wort while pregnant, its a good alternative to the prescription anti anxiety and depression meds.

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That is fantastic news. I don't know if it's just in my head but it seems to help. You should really give it a try. Thank you sooooo much!