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Active substance(s): ST JOHNS WORT DRY EXTRACT / ST JOHNS WORT DRY EXTRACT / ST JOHNS WORT DRY EXTRACT

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LEAFLET
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE PATIENT
ASDA ST JOHN’S WORT TABLETS
St John’s Wort extract 334mg
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
• Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet, or as your doctor, or
pharmacist or qualified healthcare practitioner has told you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor or qualified healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen
or do not improve after six weeks.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare
practitioner. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet?
1. What ASDA St John’s Wort is and what it is used for
2. Before you take ASDA St John’s Wort
3. How to take ASDA St John’s Wort
4. Possible Side Effects
5. How to store ASDA St John’s Wort
6. Further information

1. What ASDA St John’s Wort is and what it is used for
What ASDA St John’s Wort is
This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing St John’s Wort
extract. Each film-coated tablet contains 334mg of extract (as dry extract) from St
John’s Wort aerial parts (Hypericum perforatum L.) (5-7:1) (equivalent to 1670mg
– 2338mg of St John’s Wort). Extraction solvent: Ethanol 60% v/v.
What ASDA St John’s Wort is used for
ASDA St John’s Wort is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to
relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety. This is based
on traditional use only.
Suffering from depression?
Symptoms of depression include feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, loss
of interest in daily activities, appetite or weight changes, sleep changes, loss of
energy and difficulty concentrating, thoughts of self-harm or suicide. If your
doctor has told you that you are suffering from depression, do not use this
product. If you think that you may be suffering from depression you should
tell your doctor before taking this product.
2. Before you take ASDA St John’s Wort
Do not take this product if:
 Your skin is exceptionally sensitive to sunlight (photosensitive)









You are having light treatment (phototherapy) for any condition
You are suffering from depression (see above)
You are pregnant or breastfeeding
You are allergic to any of the ingredients (see section 6)
You are taking any of the medicines listed below
You are due to have an operation in the next 10 days
You are under the age of 18 years

While you are taking this product:
 Avoid excessive sunbathing or the use of sunbeds/solariums
 Stop using it at least 10 days prior to undergoing any surgery
Driving and operating machinery
In rare cases St John’s Wort may make you feel dizzy or sleepy. If affected do
not drive or use machines.
Taking other medicines
St John’s Wort can affect the way some medicines work and reduce their
effectiveness. Medicines that can be affected by St John’s Wort include
prescription medicines, and those that you may have bought without a
prescription.
Therefore it is important that you do not take St John’s Wort if you are
using any of the medicines in the following list.
All hormonal contraceptives: The birth control “Pill”, emergency contraception
(also known as the morning after pill), hormonal implants, creams, patches, intrauterine devices with hormones.
All medicines for depression/anxiety: Amitriptyline, clomipramine,
moclobemide, citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine,
sertraline, duloxetine, venlafaxine.
All hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) treatments: HRT tablets, patches,
gels, vaginal rings
All medicines for thinning the blood (anticoagulants): Warfarin,
acenocoumarol
All medicines for epilepsy: Carbemazepine, phenobarbitone, phenytoin,
primidone, sodium valproate
All immunosuppressant medicines: Ciclosporin, tacrolimus
All medicines for HIV infections: Amprenavir, atazanavir, darunavir,
fosamprenavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, tipranavir,
efavirenz, nevirapine, delavirdine
Some medicines for cholesterol: Simvastatin, atorvastatin
Some medicines for cancer: Irinotecan, dasatinib, erlotinib, imatinib, sorafenib,
sunitinib, etoposide, mitotane
Some medicines for heart disease: Digoxin, ivabradine, amiodarone
Some medicines for migraines: Almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan,
rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan
Some medicines for high blood pressure: Amlodipine, nifedipine, felodipine,
verapamil
A medicine for regulating mood: Lithium
A thyroid hormone: Thyroxine

St John’s Wort may also affect the following medicines. Therefore do not take
this product with these medicines unless a doctor has said it is safe to do so:
 Fentanyl, propofol, sevoflurane, and midazolam (anaesthetics/preoperative medicines)
 Tramadol (an analgesic)
 Erythromycin, clarithromycin and telithromycin (antibiotics)
 Itraconazole and voriconazole (antifungals)
 Artemether and lumefantrine (antimalarials)
 Rasagiline (an anti-Parkinson’s medicine)
 Aripiprazole (an antipsychotic medicine)
 Buspirone (an anxiolytic)
 Aprepitant (used to treat post-operative vomiting)
 Butobarbital and phenobarbital (barbiturates)
 Methyl phenidate (a central nervous system or CNS stimulant)
 Exemestane (a hormone antagonist)
 Eplerenone (a diuretic)
 Lansoprazole and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors)
 Theophylline (a bronchodilator)
 Gliclazide (an antidiabetic medicine)
3. How to take ASDA St John’s Wort
Adults and the elderly
Take 1 or 2 tablets a day. Swallow the tablets whole with some water or other
liquid. Do not chew the tablets.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If you take too much of this product (overdose)
If you take more than the recommended dose, speak to a doctor, pharmacist or
qualified healthcare practitioner and take this leaflet with you.
If you forget to take this product
Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time, it does not matter if you have
missed a dose.
If your condition worsens or if symptoms persist for more than 6 weeks
after taking this product or if side effects become serious or if side effects
not mentioned in the patient information leaflet occur, consult a doctor or a
qualified healthcare practitioner. If you have any questions, or are unsure
about anything, please ask your doctor, pharmacist or qualified healthcare
practitioner.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this product can have side effects. The following side effects
have been reported:
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea,
diarrhoea, constipation, fatigue and restlessness.
- Allergic skin reactions such as rash, hives or itching of the skin. If you
experience allergic skin reactions, stop taking the product and consult your
doctor.
Also sunburn-like reactions on skin exposed to strong sunlight or strong
ultraviolet (UV) irradiation e.g. solarium have been reported, particularly in fair

skinned individuals. Other side effects that have been reported include
headaches, nerve pain or tingling, anxiety, dizziness and mania.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
5. How to store ASDA St John’s Wort
Do not use your tablets after the expiry date. Medicines should not be disposed
of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the
environment.
The expiry date is printed on the box and the blister pack. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25 °C. Store in the original packaging.
Keep the tablets out of the reach and sight of children.
Keep your tablets in the bottle until it is time to take them.
6. Further Information
Each film-coated tablet contains 334mg of extract (as dry extract) from St John’s
Wort aerial parts (Hypericum perforatum L.) (5-7:1) (equivalent to 1670mg –
2338mg of St John’s Wort). Extraction solvent: Ethanol 60% v/v.
This product also contains the following ingredients:
Tablet core: Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Croscarmellose
Sodium, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid.
Tablet coating: Hypromellose, Iron Oxide Yellow (E172), Titanium Dioxide
(E171), Purified Talc.
What these tablets look like
ASDA St John’s Wort tablets are pale yellow oval biconvex film coated tablets.
This product is available in 30, 60, 90 pack sizes.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Traditional Herbal Registration Number: THR 02231/0002
Registration holder for this product:
The Herbal Research Company Ltd (trading as Jessup Marketing), 27 Old
Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3XX
Manufacturer of this product:
Honeywood Ltd, Edmonds Close, Denington Industrial Estate,
Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 2QY
If you would like further information about this product please contact: Jessup
Marketing
Email: info@jessup.co.uk
For a large print, Braille or audio version of this leaflet call 01932 854825.
This leaflet was last revised in October 2015.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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