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St. John's Wort vs. Topamax for Depression

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St. John's Wort

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Topamax

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Other Names: Topiramate
Rating: 4 out of 5
Based on 30,080 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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St John's wort (traditionally now commonly , as spelt) is the plant species Hypericum perforatum, and is also known as Tipton's Weed, Chase-devil, or Klamath weed.With qualifiers, St John's wort is used to refer to any spec... Read more on Wikipedia
Topiramate (brand name Topamax) is an anticonvulsant (antiepilepsy) drug. It was originally produced by Ortho-McNeil Neurologics and Noramco, Inc., both divisions of the Johnson & Johnson Corporation. This medication was discovered in 1979 by Bruce... Read more on Wikipedia
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By april
March 25, 2014
april wrote
Weigh the pros and cons
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By Amy
February 6, 2014
Amy wrote
Topomax
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By Dawn
November 22, 2013
Dawn wrote
Wellbutrin v. St. John's Wort
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Dawn thank you so much for sharing your experience, I have been affraid to try the st. johns wort and 5htp because they say you can get seretonin syndrome. I definitely want to give this a try. Have you found any research about this? Thanks in advance for your help
Devin  |  January 3, 2014
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By Anna
August 30, 2013
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Increased weight, and memory problems
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What patients are saying about St. John's Wort vs. Topamax

32 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
at that dose and I'm taking Topamax 400mg a day and I take...
...50mg before bed for seisuzes and to help sleep through pain, but ...I'm taking Topamax 400mg a day and I take St John's Wort. I don't...
of topamax (higher one caused too many cognitive problems...
...starting close to when I stopped taking St. John's Wort, if I remembering ...related and found help. I am on low dose of topamax (higher one caused too many cognitive problems) so hopefully I ju...
them together?? I also take Topomax, which I am trying to...
...figured I could get down to a minimal dose of Zoloft (25 mg/day), and take St John's Wort with it, or possibly 5-HTP, but I have no idea if it is okay to take them together. Of course, the DR wil...
took St John's wort for mild depression, and since then...
...St John's wort for mild ...I don't usually get headaches, more of dizzy broad myself haha, so hopefully it won't cause them. As I remember it didn't have that side effect on me in the past. I wi...
that took away all my symptoms without annoying side effects...
...time with it. Topamax made me miserable, but it seems to be helping Rich. I would be ecstatic to find a med that took away all my symptoms without annoying side effects. Unfortunately, I haven't...
it now. Richard is great on Topamax (but had a tough time...
...best thing you can do with Topamax is to play it ...a next time. I was also on St John's Wort at the same time ...of it now. Richard is great on Topamax (but had a tough...
day, when I started the Topamax. Only because I don't like...
...on me, so I think I will get some St John's Wort again. I also have been taking 5htp but went down to one tablet a day, when I started the Topamax. Only because I don't like...
I just got off St John's Wort and feeling some backlash...
Hi Pam, I'm so-so. I just got off St John's Wort and feeling some backlash (only 4 days now). Next ...doing? Violet - I may have a crack at Topamax again myself. Rich thinks I might have started ...
for me to give Topamax another try, however effective...
...Topamax another try, however effective a migraine prophylactic I know it is. Each time I went on, whatever add-ons I'd be taking, I'd gradually become severely depressed, until I' thinking of kill...
pharmacist know that you take topamax (along with any other...
Since topamax is metabolized by liver enzymes, ...of drugs that interact with topamax--but one of the most common ...pharmacist know that you take topamax (along with any other...
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