Side Effects of ValerianMany people believe that natural products, such as valerian, do not have any side effects. However, many natural products do cause side effects, some of which can be quite serious. Valerian can cause side effects such as:
- Morning drowsiness.
(Click Valerian Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsValerian may interact with several other medications or supplements (see Valerian Drug Interactions).
Is It Safe?Some people are more likely than others to experience problems due to this supplement. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking it if you have:
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Valerian and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Valerian and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medication you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Valerian Safety for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)