Last update: June 13, 2019

Valerian

Low Risk for breastfeeding


Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Roots, rhizomes and stolons of the plant are used. It contains iridoids, valepotriates, steroids, essential oils, GABA and tannins.
Unproven beneficial effects in adults: sedative, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic.
Indication after Commission E of German Ministry of Health: insomnia, nervousness, anxiety.

At last update significant data on breastfeeding were not found.

A commonly used herb in many cultures and countries, even during pregnancy and breastfeeding with very few reported side-effects. Whenever not abused it has a low toxicity.

Moderate use is considered to be compatible with breastfeeding, however because of the possibility of sedative effect in infants should better be avoided in cases of prematurity and in the neonatal period. Be aware of sedative effects in the infant.

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Valerian.

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Other names

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Tradenames

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Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Tmax 1 - 2 hours
T1/2 1 hours

References

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  3. Medline Plus Valerian Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information 2014 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
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