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From: B. Harris)
Subject: Re: ? Why not take St. Johnswort w/antidepressants? Sci  reason?
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 1997

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(Jakemcip) writes:

>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.

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