St. John’s wort has become a popular alternative treatment for depression for people concerned about the risks of taking prescription antidepressants. Most prescription antidepressants have side effects – sometimes significant ones – and there’s increasing concern about the long term dangers of using these medications. Recent studies show they may increase the risk of stroke in older women and they’ve been associated with suicidal behavior – as well as less serious side effects such as dizziness, lightheadedness, and dry mouth. It’s not surprising that people are looking for safer alternatives. But, is St. John’s wort a good choice? When it
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