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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
No, I'm not a doctor.
I am trained as a clinical social worker and I have more personal experience with psychotropic drugs than I probably should admit.
You will note that beyond providing readily available data and personal experience, my most common advice regarding medical matters is to seek professional help.
Originally posted by LifesNomad
Sleeping pills I can completely understand - when based in East Timor, we were barracked next to the aviation wing. All night, we'd hear blackhawks taking off and setting down ... practically impossible to sleep without some "help".
Not saying it's right, but in certain situations definitely justifiable.
Valerian has uses in herbal medicine as a sedative. The main current use of valerian is as a remedy for insomnia.
Valerian is sometimes recommended as a first-line treatment when benefit-risk analysis dictates.
Few adverse events attributable to valerian have been reported. Large doses or chronic use may result in stomach ache, apathy, and a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression.
Side effects at any dose may include:
* Anterograde amnesia
* Hallucinations, through all physical senses, of varying intensity
* Altered thought patterns
* Ataxia or poor motor coordination, difficulty maintaining balance
* Euphoria and/or dysphoria
* Impaired judgment and reasoning
* Uninhibited extroversion in social or interpersonal settings
* Increased impulsivity
* When stopped rebound insomnia may occur
Also, alcoholics and drug abusers may be at increased risk of abusing and or becoming psychologically dependent on zolpidem [ambien].
There are many unsubstantiated reports on the internet of people who have had issues with this medication.