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Valerian

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 3, 2021.

What are other common names?

  • Centranthus ruber
  • Valeriana angustifolia
  • Valeriana edulis
  • Valeriana jatamansii
  • Valeriana officinalis
  • Valeriana sambucifolia
  • Valeriana sitchensis
  • Valeriana wallichii
  • Valerianaceae
  • All-Heal
  • Amantilla
  • Baldrian
  • Baldrianwurzel
  • Belgium Valerian
  • Cat's Love
  • Cat's Valerian
  • Common Valerian
  • Fragrant Valerian
  • Garden Heliotrope
  • Garden Valerian
  • Grande Valériane
  • Guérit Tout
  • Herbe aux Chats
  • Herbe aux Coupures
  • Herbe de Notre­-Dame
  • Herbe de Saint Georges
  • Herbe du Loup
  • Herbe à la Femme Meurtrie
  • Indian Valerian
  • Kesso Root
  • Mexican Valerian
  • Pacific Valerian
  • Radix Valerianae
  • Rhizome de Valérian
  • St George's Herb
  • St. George's herb
  • Tagar
  • Tagar-Ganthoda
  • Tagara
  • Valerian Fragrant
  • Valeriana
  • Valeriana Pseudofficinalis
  • Valeriana Rhizome
  • Valerianae Radix
  • Valeriane
  • Valériane
  • Valériane Africaine
  • Valériane Celtique
  • Valériane Commune
  • Valériane de Belgique
  • Valériane des Collines
  • Valériane Dioïque
  • Valériane du Jardin
  • Valériane Indienne
  • Valériane Mexicaine
  • Valériane Officinale
  • Valériane Sauvage
  • Valériane à Petites Feuilles
  • Vandal Root

What is this product used for?

Valerian helps people relax. It helps lower anxiety or worry. Valerian may help some women with menstrual cramps and symptoms that go along with menopause, like hot flashes.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.

  • Avoid beer, wine, and mixed drinks (alcohol) while taking this product.

  • This product may cause you to be sleepy. Take extra care driving and doing tasks that you need to be alert for.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs that make you drowsy or help you sleep. These are drugs like lorazepam, phenobarbital, zolpidem, or diphenhydramine.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Nervous system diseases

    • Seizures

    • Low mood

    • Liver problems

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Feeling sleepy in the morning

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of liver problems, like upset stomach or throwing up, belly pain, feeling tired, dark urine, yellow skin or eyes, not hungry.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad headache

  • Not able to think clearly or change in thinking

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/valerian

Last Reviewed Date

2022-04-13

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