Now with the improvement of national health awareness, purchasing health care products has become a trend. When a drug consultation was recently issued, there were also many patients with depression who consulted pharmacists with health products. Most of them had never seen them before. What impressed me most was a patient holding a bottle of health care products for depression. He said that his friend recommended this health care product to him, and when the pharmacist took it, he found that it was St. John’s Wort—St. John’s Wort Extract.
Before introducing whether this health product can be used, let’s popularize this grass for everyone-
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a perennial herb of the genus Hypericum and angiosperms. The flowering period is from June to September each year. It is the most commonly used herbal preparation in Europe. The stem of St. John’s wort contains a variety of active ingredients, including monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitory active factors, which can increase the level of neurotransmitters in the brain that maintain normal mood and emotional stability. The red juice was considered by ancient people to be the blood of St. John’s martyrdom in the Bible, and the plant bloomed around June 24th of St. John’s birth day, hence its name.
With the increase of work and life pressure, more and more people are diagnosed with depression, depressed patients are depressed, depressed, pessimistic and desperate, lack of internal motivation, do not want to do anything, diminished interest, can’t get the mood, Not willing to participate in normal activities. But often patients are unwilling to face their own illness, and even more unwilling to go to the hospital for treatment.
Some patients simply purchase health products online, and there are many brands of St. John’s wort extracts on the Internet. Various product introductions will make everyone buy blindly. It is also generally believed that because something is natural and can be purchased without a prescription, it is safe. However, when using St. John’s wort and other herbs, we need to seek the advice of a professional healthcare practitioner to ensure safety.
Medicine-St. John’s Wort Extract Tablets
In the hospital we can also see the medicine St. John’s wort, which is a prescription drug, mainly suitable for patients with mild to moderate depression. When you are already very serious, you can’t take it.
Depression, anxiety, or restlessness.
People who are allergic to this medicine.
Patients with photosensitive skin disease.
Not recommended for children under 18.
Avoid use during pregnancy and lactation.
St. John’s Wort Safety
St. John’s wort doesn’t require a prescription in many countries, so it’s important for doctors and pharmacists to learn more about all the medicines a patient takes, not just prescription drugs, because herbs like St. John’s wort can be linked Drugs interact severely —
St. John’s wort affects the metabolism of enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract and is ultimately metabolized by the liver, so it affects the absorption and metabolism of certain drugs. For those taking cyclosporine, contraceptives and anticoagulants such as warfarin Patients with sodium must consult a doctor before considering taking St. John’s wort extract. And it reduces the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. In addition, it should not be taken at the same time as other antidepressants.
Avoid prolonged skin exposure to strong sunlight during the use of this medicine to avoid skin reactions similar to sunburn.
If skin-like reactions occur, the drug should be discontinued immediately.
Avoid light and ultraviolet radiation for at least 1 week after overdose.
Finally, I told you again that if you have depression, you must go to a regular hospital for timely treatment. Patients and their families must not blindly choose health products and drugs.