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    Where can St. Johns Wart be purchased?

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    i'm thinking drugstores, the pharmacy area at walmart and the like, possibly even GNC and other places herbs/vitamins are sold.

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    Where can St. Johns Wart be purchased? ...

    I get mine from Walmart...

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    Has anybody ever tried St. John's Wort Herbal Tea?...

    I was reading online that they haven't proven that teas work or don't work as yet. You also have to be mindful of the amount of St. John's Wort in your pill. Some lesser brands have lots of filler and less SJW.

    I started taking them yesterday so we'll see.

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    I was reading online that they haven't proven that...

    Thanks Ini! I'll try the pills instead.

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    I am on Lexapro right now. It will be about a year in July.

    I could feel it working immediately, as I went from sad to an almost silly and warped "I don't care about anything" feeling. Then I was tired all the time.

    I'm not as tired as I was in the beginning and the pills really helped me clear my head so I could deal with my problem and not be so down all the time. But I guess I wonder how long I need to be on this stuff...

    I'm glad there's a place where I can talk about this with other black women. I felt "crazy" for a while, but I too realize I'm not alone and that I'm not crazy now.

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    I just started Effexor about 3 weeks ago and it's made a huge difference. The only side effects I've noticed are sleepiness and extremely strange dreams, but those are beginning to go away.

    I've also just started Trazodone to help me sleep.

    I don't really like to talk about my depression or the meds I take, but when I saw this topic, I decided to post. I'm glad it's here.

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    i tried st. johns wort too. after a while, my body acclimated and it didn't work. i'm enjoying the ativan (spelled it wrong before). they gave me 3 a day, but i only take one. it helps to calm the rages. i'll keep y'all updated.

    eta that ativan is an anti-anxiety.

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    brwndot & Bunny, glad you both shared. It is difficult to talk to other people, especially black people 'cause (unfortunately) there is still a stigma about mental illnesses in our community. It's a shame because so many people go untreated either with therapy and/or medication.

    That's one of the reasons I started this thread. I helped me when I first joined this board to discuss it with understanding people who have had and are still having simular experiences.

    Blessings

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    I was on Prozac about 14 years ago when my father died. I had a host of other things going on in my life too so my system was on overload. I woke up one morning and could not stop crying. On top of that I tend to stop eating (anoxeria) when troubled so I was a crying, starving mess. Ended up seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist for 6 months, lost about 40 lbs from the Prozac and starving.

    My family prayed around the clock. One day I woke up and didn't hurt anymore. Prozac made me feel like I was outside of my troubles so I could cope.

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    Ini - thanks

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    Prozac made me feel like I was outside of my troubles so I could cope.
    I was really reluctant to try meds, but I realize that they really do help you come out of whatever dark place you're in so you can get to the bottom of your issue(s).

    And like I said before, I don't normally like talking about this stuff, but for reason I feel okay doing so on this board. Thanks again for starting this thread, Ini. I think this is good practice for when I go home and talk to my mother about all of this. *shudders*

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    I used to be on Paxil more than a...

    Hi: I wanted to ask the people taking paxil and the people taking wellbutin how much they are taking or were taking of their respective drug.

    I took Paxil CR (controled release) for some time. I didn't have the sexual issue that some of you spoke of, in fact I had a little more horniness than usual. That presented a small problem because I wasn't dating anyone.

    I started taking the Wellbutin about 3 weeks ago, but I didn't know I was taking it at first because I was taking the generic form of it. I have always looked up any drugs before I take them because of a bad side effect I had taking elivil (I'll post about that later). But for some reason I didn't look this one up until I ran acrose this topic. I was taking 75mg and this week I'll move up to 150mg......I just worry about it causeing sleep problems.

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    brwndot, it was a tricky deal talking to my mother about it at first. I've been dealing with this for 10 years and diagnosed for 4 so I've had some time and only recently has my mother started to understand that I'm not just a cry-baby and I can't just shake it off. . My dad hasn't come to that point yet and the other day told my mother he didn't want to come visit me 'cause "I'm always such a downer" .. .. it's all a part of my journey i guess.

    BTW, I've been feeling way better since I started taking the St. John's Wort last week. I'm 1 week into my 6-week evaluation period so I'll keep ya'll posted on how things are going.

    ~ ini

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    I'm currently taking Lexapro. I've been on Prozac, Wellbutrin, Paxil, and Celexa. I'm having good results with the Lexapro. I just don't like the sexual side effects. I been suffering from depression since I was a teenager. Be careful with St. Johns Wort especially if you are taking other medications.

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    Be careful with St. Johns Wort especially if you...

    Thanks, this is what my bestfriend told me yesterday. I'm not taking anything else.

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    Ini, keep us posted on the SJW trial. I'd love to know how well it works but I'm not ready to come off the Lexapro yet. I also feel you on how family can be in denial about these things. My family didn't want to accept the fact that I was depressed when I was first diagnosed about 5à‚½ years ago. Now my sister battles depression but refuses to be consistent about her meds and sometimes I even think she's not totally convinced she's depressed when the symptoms are so obvious to me. A couple of weeks ago I found it sad and ironic that me and both of my female best friends were all taking Lexapro for depression. One friend had to stop taking it because she had a bad reaction. The other takes it as part of her treatment for being bi-polar. There are so many others in my life who take anti-depressants. Both my grandmothers have dementia and many don't realize that a bi-product of dementia is depression. One grandmother takes both Paxil CR and Wellbutrin. The other takes Zoloft (I think). Anyway, I think it's becoming more and more accepted in the Black community not to ignore the symptoms and to actually treat depression. Now my question, which should be a spin-off, is does anyone use therapy in conjunction with meds? When I first tried therapy 5 years ago, it didn't work for me. Now I've been going about once every 1à‚½ weeks and I actually feel like I'm getting a benefit.

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