St. John’s Wort is an herbal extract that has been used for more than 2,000 years. It has been used to relieve minor depression.
Adverse Reactions Experienced
There have been no fatal side effects from the use of St. John’s Wort but it can adversely interact with other drugs that you may be taking. St. John’s used along with HIV drugs reduces the effectiveness of the drugs used to treat HIV. The use of anesthesia has also proven to be less effective when a patient is taking St. John’s Wort. During organ transplants, the anti-rejection drug cyclosporine, which helps the body adapt to the new organ, is also less effective when paired with St. John’s Wort.
Status of St. John’s Wort
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently working on a labeling system to warn consumers of St. John’s Wort possible interactions with other drugs If you are currently taking prescription medication or scheduled for surgery, inform your doctor that you have been taking St. John’s Wort. Most of the time, the dosage of the prescription drug is simply adjusted to compensate for the St. John’s Wort.
If you have suffered complications or injuries because of St. John?s Wort, you should consider consulting an experienced products liability lawyer to help you recover damages for your injuries.