Valerian is truly a folk medicine that is cheap and sold without a prescription. Since the plant's substances act rather weakly, the confidence has been strengthened that valerian drops are absolutely harmless. But this is a delusion. They can be taken as directed by a doctor, who must determine the correct dosage. Otherwise it is easy to fall prey to the unwanted side effects of the medication.
Usually, valerian is well tolerated and tincture or tablets are used for increased nervousness, stress, overwork, insomnia, heart pain, migraines. A person calms down, pains pass, general health improves, sleep is normalized. The tincture works somewhat faster and more efficiently than the tablets.
In general, valerian acts gradually. You should not expect some incredible result after taking it just a couple of times. To achieve a stable therapeutic effect for many diseases, it is required to take the drug for a sufficiently long time. However, in this case, the risk of overdose increases.
But it must not be allowed. In large quantities, valerian inhibits the nervous system and cardiac activity. And then a person is seized by a depressed state, he experiences general weakness, malaise. With such symptoms, performance is sharply reduced.
You should not be treated with valerian for longer than 1-1.5 months without interruption. With a longer use of it, headaches, skin allergic reactions, and constipation may appear. An overdose may also be indicated by a feeling of unreasonable fatigue or drowsiness.
You need to be especially careful when taking other sedatives at the same time as valerian. The degree of danger of such a combination is unpredictable, since valerian drops and tablets significantly enhance the effect of other sedatives or hypnotics!
It is not always possible to predict how valerian will work in hypertension. In most cases, there is a calming effect, a slight decrease in blood pressure. But on some hypertensive patients, on the contrary, it has an exciting effect and causes a rise in pressure, nightmares or insomnia.
In some women, not only with long-term, but even short-term use of valerian for just a few days, the liver may become sick, as it turns out that it is hepatotoxic for them. Such people should certainly not take it at all either.
In addition, due to prolonged use or overdose of valerian, digestive upset may occur. It happens that blood clotting increases sharply with the risk of blood clots. There are often cases when a person develops apathy, he falls into a slight depression.
Valerian cannot be used in treatment if you are hypersensitive to the substances it contains. Its reception is excluded for chronic nephritis and enterocolitis, alcoholism, in the first trimester of pregnancy. It is forbidden to give valerian to children under three years of age.
You can not combine it with alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, opiates, as well as with antihistamines.
The use of valerian alcohol tincture is contraindicated when driving vehicles, performing work that requires quick reaction and concentration.