I have been taking St. Johns Wort for depression for about 9 months now, and more recently, valarian root for anxiety. This combo just doesn't seem to be working, at least not for anxiety. I have been a total wreck, unable to eat, heart racing out of my chest, getting dizzy, having shortness of breath, and finally, I had a couple of panic attacks. I went to see a doctor today, and he would like me to try zoloft. When I mentioned whether I should quit st. johns wort for a while before starting he said that "seemed like a good idea." I don't think he really knows much about the herb. My question is, how long should I quit the st. johns wort and valarien before I start on zoloft? Also, what can I expect when I quit st. johns, and start on zoloft. My mother takes zoloft and said it started working in 4 days and she has had no side effects, so I hope I have a similar reaction.
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