What is Valerian?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Valerian Root NatureMade Valerian Puritan's Pride Valerian Show all

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See also: Angelicalm Spray

An herb that was traditionally used as a sedative and treatment for anxiety. It is still widely used to treat insomnia and anxiety. The active ingredients are not known, but are thought to be contained in the root. There are many synonyms for valerian.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 54 44
Anxious mood 37 30
Panic attacks 4 8
Fibromyalgia 3 1
Increase effect of another treatment 3 6

Show all 39 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 5
Mild 17
None 59

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Valerian

Side effect Patients Percentage
Grogginess 2
Lethargy 2
Sleepiness 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Bad taste in mouth 1
Diarrhea 1

Show all 14 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Valerian

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 2
500 mg daily 1
900 mg daily 1
1000 mg daily 1
2g as needed 1
3 500mg as needed 1
3 - as needed 1
450mg as needed 1
7 250mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Valerian

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 28
Other 19
Doctor's advice 9
Side effects too severe 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 4
Expense 2
See all 53 patients who've stopped taking Valerian

Duration

Currently taking Valerian

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Valerian

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 37
Usually 22
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 66
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 45
Not specified 35
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8 patient evaluations for Valerian

Sep 14, 2014 (Started Nov 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for persistent worrying)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 capsule(s) Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 1, 2014 (Started Nov 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for persistent worrying)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 30, 2014 (Started Nov 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for persistent worrying)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I would like to add that this makes me wake up rested and feel probably how normal people probably feel after they sleep. I noticed I'll wake up naturally after 8 hours, and do not have the tired agitation I usually have when I wake up, and no grogginess.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 8, 2012 (Started Nov 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for panic attacks)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (upset stomach, diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2013 (Started Jul 16, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: had to take 3 capsules daily to get a slight relief, but then had to put up with a persistent mild headache
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 23, 2013 (Started Jul 16, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 30, 2011 (Started Jul 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 550 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 30, 2009 (Started Jul 28, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 550 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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