From: firstname.lastname@example.org(Steven B. Harris)
Subject: Re: ? Why not take St. Johnswort w/antidepressants? Sci reason?
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 1997
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>Also St. John's Wort is an MAOI which means it has potentially dangerous
>(fatal in fact) interactions with some medications and foods. Too bad the
>companies in the US are not responsible enough to adequately label.
Well, the truth is that none of these reactions have ever been seen,
and there have surely been a LOT of people on this stuff who haven't
bothered to avoid the bad foods. The MAO problems are
semi-theoretical. I say "semi" because recently, somebody or other has
decided that hypericin is NOT an MAO inhibitor. I think all of this
stuff at present is up in the air. Anyway, until somebody has an aged
cheese reaction on St. John's Wort, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Steve Harris, M.D.