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    Valerian root tea and birth control pill
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    newgirl2010 posted:
    I have read that drinking concentrated valerian root tea can help ease anxiety as well as help with insomnia. But of course I found some websites that talk about its interaction with "the pill." I absolutely do not want to take anything to compromise the effectiveness of my BCP, but I also do not want to avoid a potentially very helpful herbal treatment. Any real research and validity to the claims of valerian root making BCP less effective? Thanks.
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    fcl responded:
    Well, if you consider WebMD to be a reliable source (and I do), you might be interested in what they say about valerian:

    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-870-valerian.aspx?activeIngredientId=870&activeIngredientName=valerian

    On the page about interactions there is no mention of the contraceptive pill.

    I suspect that the people who wrote what you read on other websites had perhaps gotten St john's wort mixed up with valerian root ...
     
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    adinagp replied to fcl's response:
    Well if you read carefully it does state that it interacts with medication that is metabolised via CyP3A4. Most birth control pills are metabolised via that route.


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