Does Valerian Root Cause Psychotropic Side Effects?
Valerian root can cause anxiousness and restlessness in some patients. This effect is in total opposition to the normal sleep-inducing effects of valerian root. This paradoxical reaction can cause you to feel more energetic and increase symptoms of insomnia, and can result in paranoia or extreme anxiety.
Valerian root interacts with a variety of substances, which can cause unwanted side effects. When using sedatives such as anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines and antidepressants, you should avoid using valerian root. Valerian root with these drugs can cause an additive, potentially dangerous sedative effect on the central nervous system. Valerian may potentiate the effect of antihistamines, statins and some anti-fungal drugs. Valerian can interfere with the use of anesthesia. If you are facing a surgical procedure, tell your surgeon about your valerian root intake prior to scheduling the procedure.