View Full Version : Ritalin and St. John's Wort


drumrunner
09-02-14, 08:36 PM
I've been taking 900mg of St. John's Wort daily for about 2 months for low grade depression related to my ADD while waiting for an appointment with my doc to try specific ADD medication. I am about to start on Ritalin, and I'll likely discontinue SJW since it reduces Ritalin efficacy. I would like to hear from anyone who has either used both together or who has tapered their SJW while switching to Ritalin. Thanks!

sarahsweets
09-03-14, 04:26 AM
You have to be careful with st John's wort because it has quite an effect on serotonin levels.

drumrunner
09-03-14, 06:47 AM
Thanks, Sarah. From what I've read, the contraindications are not serious, and I'm not dealing with major depression. I guess I'd like to hear about peoples' experience about how SJW impacts Ritalin efficacy.