Though the plant is generally nontoxic and has been utilized for centuries for its medicinal value, Valerian root side effects may occur. Usually used to relieve insomnia and stress, 150–300 mg Valerian extract should be taken an hour before bedtime. Though it is normal for your body to act up out of the ordinary when taking a new substance, if symptoms persist or become too bothersome for you to function normally, then lessen the dosage or stop it completely. Speak to your health care practitioner if you have a questions or concerns.
- Valerian root may interact with other prescription medications. Because Valerian has a mild sedative effect, it should not be taken together with alcoholic beverages, benzodiazepines, antihistamines or barbiturates.
- Valerian root may cause liver damage. This is especially the case if you’ve been using it for a long time. Signs to look for are yellowing of skin or whites of eyes, or upper-right abdominal pain.
- Valerian root may cause an allergic reaction. Hives, itching, swelling of the mouth or throat, wheezing and difficulty breathing are signs of this and signify that you must stop taking it immediately.
- Valerian root may increase drowsiness. It should not be used while driving, operating heavy machinery or during other activities that require alertness and mental acuity, due to its tranquilizing effect.
- Valerian root may lead to withdrawal symptoms upon ceasing intake. Many cases of Valerian root withdrawal have been noted. To avoid this, it is best to slowly decrease dosage over the course of two weeks before stopping completely.
- Valerian root may be diuretic. The herb can cause your body to naturally lose excess water weight, triggering needs to go to the restroom throughout the night, thwarting a good night’s rest.
- Valerian root may restlessness and excitability. Conversely, many who’ve taken Valerian root have reported the complete opposite effect of what it’s supposed to do and may even cause heart palpitations.
- Valerian root may cause digestive upset. Bloating, gas diarrhea and nausea are common types of digestive upset you may experience.
- Valerian root may interfere with medications that are broken down in the liver. Medications that are broken down in the liver, such as allergy medications, cholesterol medications, antifungal medications and cancer medications may be affected as well.
- Valerian root may dizziness blurry vision. This is especially likely to occur after long-term use of the herb, therefore, using Valerian for extended periods of time isn’t recommended.
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