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asis80 posted:
I'm 23 years old and recently have been having spats with high blood pressure. It's mostly of what I eat and a bit of stress. I get into mild mood swings sometimes for no reason and I know I have some slight depression, so a friend suggested St. Johns Wort. My doctor has prescribed me hydrochlorothiazide, but a VERY VERY low dosage. Is this is a lethal combination or should I be ok? I'm going to call my doctor in the morning, just wondering if anyone has any experiences with hypertension medication and St. Johns Wort.

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cardiostarusa1 responded:
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"I'm going to call my doctor in the morning"


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This may interact with many medicines, possibly increasing side effects or resulting in decreased therapeutic effects. Do not take St. John's wort without first talking to your doctor.

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