Valerian Root Side Effects

Possible Side Effects

Possibly bothersome (although not usually serious) valerian root side effects may include:
  • Headaches
  • Vivid dreams
  • Upset stomach 
  • Dry mouth
  • Morning drowsiness.
Surprisingly, valerian root can also cause some unexpected side effects. Although the herb is often claimed to be useful for treating insomnia and anxiety, it can sometimes cause insomnia, excitability, and uneasiness, especially if it is used for several months.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the supplement or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a valerian root side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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