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27 Jan 2004

Alternative to pill & anxiety disorder
Hi doc wonder if you could assist
I have been on the pill since I was 17 I am now 22 and have been warned against prolonged use of it. Is there any alternative.
Secondly I have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and am supposed to be on Urbanol. I am not very good with taking medication if I know it isn't natural so I am not on urbanol or any other antidepressant, I have noticed a major change in mood swings since I changed my pill 3 months ago from triphasil to marvelon.
Is there anything I can take if I do have an anxiety attack which happens from time to time and my chest closes up and I start hyperventilating??
Thanks doc
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naturopath

01 Jan 0001

There is no real alternative to the contraceptive pill from natural medicine, but the reports that the pill have shown that it is a lot safer today with the newer versions; so if contraception is your main aim it is still your best option - discuss with your gynae as to new versions that are formulated to be safer.
In regards to Anxiety, there are natural remedies available - the principal herbs used are passiflora (passion flower), Valerian, Kava kava; and the supplements magnesium with the vitamin B's especially B6.
It is best not to mix and match drug medication with herbals, so check with your doctor about the urbanol.
(Dr Chase Webber ND)
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