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1515444 tn?1292613660

can I take Valeriana tand Levothyroxin?

Hello
I take medicine Levothyroxin (I have hypothiroidism, TSH-11).
Can I also take such medicine as Valerian? I started to take it but it looks to me that my thyroid doesn't like it.
Thank you
Tatiana
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649848 tn?1534637300
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Why did you start taking valeian? Even though it's an OTC product, it's pretty powerful.  I just did a quick search and the drug interaction site, says there's not interaction between valerian and levothyroxine; however, if you took them relatively close together, the valerian may have inhibited the absorption of your levo.  

In addition, we don't all respond to products the same way, so maybe there is something in the valerian that doesn't agree with you; either the herb itself or fillers.

What other thyroid tests have you had done besides TSH?  If you have issues for which you might need a product like valerian, it's possible that your thyroid levels are not adjusted properly.  

Please post whatever tests have been done, along with their reference ranges and members can comment more fully.  
393685 tn?1425816122
1. Valerian root (valeriana officinalis) is derived from a plant native to Europe and Asia. The root of this plant has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for various ailments including sleep problems, digestive problems, disorders of the nervous system, headaches, and arthritis. It is believed that valerian root has an impact on the availability of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain.

2.Valium is a derivative of benzodiazepine. Manufactured by Roche and marketed under the brand names Valium, Seduxen and Apozepam, diazepam possesses anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, skeletal muscle relaxant, amnestic and sedative properties. This makes it useful for treating insomnia, anxiety, muscle spasms and some types of epilepsy. It is also used before certain medical procedures (such as endoscopies) to reduce tension and anxiety, and in some procedures to induce amnesia.

See the similiarities? Its because they are the same thing.

This natural base does exactly what the synthetic antidepressants do and that will change the neurological circuit of the brain hormonally. We all know that the body works together and research will point to ALL antidepressants will upset the thyroid hormone structure.

You're not taking anything different than what synthetic xanax, valium or others will do using the root base of Valerian





393685 tn?1425816122
and this will deplete your thyroid hormone medication from working properly
798555 tn?1292791151
"and this will deplete your thyroid hormone medication from working properly"
- Interesting....How?  

Many people take this at night, opposite of thyroid hormone timing. I tried valerian root at night for sleep, did not find it to be strong at all. I'm sure brand names vary. Magnessium makes me more sleepy.  
393685 tn?1425816122
Just like Xanax does. It inhabits the TSH from telling the thyroid to pump it out.

That's where the TSH "can" play "some" roll on getting it ran.
1515444 tn?1292613660
Thank you very much for all comments!
649848 tn?1534637300
COMMUNITY LEADER
If the thyroid no longer puts out hormones, would it make a difference if the TSH was inhibited from telling the thyroid to produce?    
393685 tn?1425816122
I would like yes Barb. The pitutiary still needs to read the thyroid some and if the pit isn't doing anything with that then other things it does or even it - itself - could malfunction.
1515444 tn?1292613660
I wanted to take Valeriana in order to calm down.I have some problems with my daughter and  I am a very worried person for any reason and without reason :-)
798555 tn?1292791151
Magnesium - all types but Mag oxide will calm you down. There is even a powder version called "CALM". Mag must be 4 hour away from taking thyroid meds - it will alter thy med absorbion in the stomach. I never took it in the daytime, but with proper timing you can do that.

Your real anxiety issue may be from having a high TSH - your hypo and your free T3 and free T4 are low - have these tested too, must be done. Hypo makes anxiety. You would be calmer if your thyroid levels were better.

When I took Valerian root it was at night, so I could sleep, and it wasnt very strong. Did help sleep. I didnt notice any thyroid symptoms from it but were all different.

I sleep best when T3 levels are high in range, and take mag at night to help sleep. Not to many 'thyroidians' sleep very well.
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Well ive suddenly got a problem with my thyroid - blood results over the phone are "normal" but I'm seeing tje doc nect week to examine them. 4 is "normal" 10 and over requires treatmemt for kow thuroid but given all my symptoms point to hypo then i want further info. Bloods said higher cholestrol which is unlike me v v healthy diet,  no processed food no bread no pasta no eggs or rarely no junk food or soda rare alcohol rare butter cheese lots of greens veg fruit so...what  could've caused the problem?? Just narrowed it down to only one thing that I'm having daily? Valerian root sleep aid!! What do you think?
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Before discussing further, please tell us about any symptoms you have.  Also, please post the actual thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report.  I don't know anything about valerian root sleep aid, but when did you start taking it?  When did you get notice of questionable blood test results?
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