Valerian

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What are the side effects of valerian?

Answer

Valerian is an herb that some people use to treat nervousness, restlessness, and sleeping disorders. Side effects are uncommon and include headaches, drowsiness, fast heart rate, and trouble sleeping.

Avoiding side effects from valerian usage

Side effects are more likely to occur if you use valerian daily for many weeks or months. Be careful with driving or using heavy machinery while taking valerian. Valerian shouldn't be used if operating heavy machinery because of its sedative side effects. Drinking alcohol or taking any medicine that can cause drowsiness may lead to an increase in drowsiness. Slowly taper doses when stopping valerian to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor before taking valerian if you have any liver disease/damage.

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