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29 Jan 2004

Impotex Passion Flower
My wife has been taking Impotex Passion Flower to counteract the loss of libido which seems to be caused, at least in part, by the contraception she is on. We read in a magazine article that St Johns Wort can reduce the effectiveness of some types of contraceptive pill. Is this true & should we be concerned as this product contains St Johns Wort.
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01 Jan 0001

St. John's Wort (also known by its botanical name, Hypericum perforatum) is derived from a yellow flowering plant. It has been used as an herbal remedy for mild to moderate depression (not recommended for the treatment of severe or manic depression), anxiety, and sleep disturbances/disorders for many years, especially in Germany. Research suggests that St. John's Wort raises levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine -- neurotransmitters which help boost mental morale and mood. Unlike prescription anti-depressants (i.e., Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Effexor, etc.), which can cause negative side effects ranging from nausea to impaired sex drive and ejaculation, St. John's Wort has no documented cases of sexual dysfunction. It also appears to increase sleep activity by acting as a mild sedative, and may reduce chronic tension headaches.

Several adverse effects have been reported in association with usage of St. John's Wort, including:
gastrointestinal discomfort, such as upset stomach
allergic reactions
increased sensitivity to sunlight (so, use a sunscreen or sunblock while on St. John's Wort)
dry mouth
Components of St. John's Wort may also cause an increase in blood pressure, which could result in a stroke.

Since St. John's Wort is a nutritional supplement, which is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no guarantee of the quality of the supplement from product to product. Carefully read product labels -- look for an extract standardized to 0.3 percent hypericin, the purported active ingredient in St. John's Wort, and make sure this extract is derived from the whole St. John's Wort plant (i.e., flowers, leaves, and stem). The dosage of St. John's Wort that has been used in most studies is a 900 milligram daily dose taken in 300 mg increments three times a day. Results may not be seen for at least four to six weeks, if at all. Discontinue use after six weeks if you've noticed no results because it's probably not effective for you.

Before trying St. John's Wort, or any other natural medicine for that matter, contact your health care provider or doctor, because "natural" does not necessarily mean safe. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use St. John's Wort. It's possible that certain chemicals in this over-the-counter (OTC) drug may cause birth defects or cancers of the reproductive organs. It may also cause infertility. Also, don't take St. John's Wort if you are taking any prescription anti-depressant medications and/or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) because of possibly dangerous interactions
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