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SJW Causing Migraines?

Hello everyone, I have a question regarding SJW. I started taking it a few days ago and the first day I got a migraine a few hours after taking it. Then the second day it happened again and the THIRD day I got a migraine literally minutes after taking the pill. That was when I realised it was definitely the pill that caused the migraine. I started taking it for anxiety, post natal depression and I had heard that it was good for people that suffer migraines.

Has anyone else experienced this? I am wondering if it is the SJW or if it is perhaps an additive in the pill that caused the migraine?

It was a quite intense migraine with nausea.

The brand I tried was Karmamood extra strength from Holland and Barrett.

I have since moved on to 5HTP with no side effects so far.

Can anyone shed some light onto this? Thank you kindly.


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Hi Anxiousrabbit,

That sounds awful to be getting migraines like that! If it were me I'd definitely stop as well. This side-effect isn't common at all so I don't have a perfect answer to your question, but I would try a couple of things if you decide to try SJW again. First, I'd switch to a different brand just in case there's something in the pill that isn't agreeing with you. Second, if you were taking 3/day I would drop down to 1/day for starters and slowly build up to 3/day.

In my limited experience, I've taken others herbal capsules (not SJW) that gave me bad headaches as well... ones that lasted all day. I determined that I was likely taking too much and stopped right away, and then scaled back significantly when I started again. I don't know if this will solve the problem but it's worth a shot.

In the meantime, if 5-HTP works then you could just stick with that too! Good luck!