Posted on: Jun 9, 2007 04:48AM
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Jun 9, 2007 12:45PM saluki wrote:Darcy,
Jun 9, 2007 12:55PM althea wrote:
I used valerian root for a while to help me sleep. By the end of the bottle, however, it didn't seem to be helping anymore. I've tried melatonin and it does nothing to help for me. Valerian doesn't seem to have anything undesirable as a side effect, and it has the added bonus of helping to lower blood pressure. I think I'm going to try valerian again. It's been 3 or 4 months since I used it.
Jun 9, 2007 01:38PM julel wrote:I have researched valerian, and unlike many herbal remedies, it has no nutrient/drug interactions, to my knowledge and is known to be quite safe. It is a mild muscle relaxant and I read, has similar properties to valium.
Jun 12, 2007 05:41AM Blundin2005 wrote:Hi Darcy,
Dec 6, 2018 08:44PM ChiSandy wrote:
Valerian drops me like a plugged buffalo. But after I started on letrozole, I heard it's one of those herbs/foods that occupies the same metabolic pathway (CYP450 group) as aromatase inhibitors, particularly letrozole (other no-nos with AIs are grapefruit, pomelo, Seville oranges (e.g, in English or Scottish marmalade), undiluted pomegranate juice and anything more than an occasional glass of dilute cranberry juice. Trying to find current evidence for this, but nothing yet. So in the meantime, I'm sticking with melatonin, CBD oil, and a tiny bit (one-eighth) of a 25mg indica THC gummy (yes, I have an MMJ permit). More THC than that gets "trippy." (Indica is more sedating and gives less stimulating a high than sativa).
Mar 6, 2020 03:43PM ChiSandy wrote:
I recently re-checked the MSKCC herb database--and the entry for valerian has been revised to show a contraindication for its use with tamoxifen but no reference to aromatase inhibitors. I've dug deeply into various articles & charts from Mayo Clinic and NIH, and similarly found no letrozole-valerian contraindications (whether inhibition or potentiation). Lavender remains a no-no, however, so still avoiding my beloved Earl Grey tea.
So in order to reduce or eliminate any benzos & THC from my drug list at bedtime (and enable a lower dose of melatonin), I will be switching to a CBD gelcap from Receptra Naturals called "Serious Rest," which does contain trace amounts of valerian root. Receptra recently discontinued its plain-CBD "legacy" line of tinctures (Prime, Plus), and now sells a plain-CBD gelcap called "Serious Relax" (same potency as "Plus" tincture).
Update on CBD & THC: recreational THC is now legal in IL. But I was placed on a no-sugar diet back in June due to letrozole-fueled weight gain--thus far I'm down 50 lbs. and free of joint pain. Unfortunately, there are no sugar-free THC edibles available: the closest it gets is a 73% cocoa-solids indica dark chocolate, which has no more sugar than the plain dark chocolate my diet allows. It's either that or the foul-tasting & pricy RSO concentrates. And there are only two sugar-free CBD edibles (both are gummies) on the market: JustCBD and DiamondCBD.
I have pretty much dropped THC of any kind as a sleep or pain aid, due to the sugar issue. (As I am a singer with asthma, of course, smoking and vaping are out of the question).
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