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Psychopharmacology and Psychiatry Updates

Mar 21, 2019

Today’s question is: Should you prescribe natural medications?

Here is a summary of this episode:

  • St. John’s wort and Rhodiola rosea have been found to cause serotonin syndrome when combined with SSRIs.
  • St. John’s wort, SAM-e and omega 3 fatty acids may cause switching to hypomania and mania in patients with bipolar disorder.
  • Correcting the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 seems to correlate with the degree of improvement in depression. The omega-3s are found primarily in fish oil and in certain types of algae.
  • Rhodiola rosea functions as an adaptogen. It is taken at doses ranging from 100 to 680 mg per day.