What is Vitex agnus-castus?

Category: Supplements

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See also: Herbal Supplements

Vitex agnus-castus is the Latin name for the herb also commonly called Monks Pepper, chasteberry and vitex. It acts as a stimulate for the pituitary gland to produce more progesterone and less prolactin. It does not contain hormones, but only stimulates the pituitary gland.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Support hormone balance 4 10
Fibrocystic breast tissue 1 0
General health 1 0
Hot flashes 1 9
Lactation 1 0
Mood swings 1 9

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
0
Mild
0
None
10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vitex agnus-castus

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vitex agnus-castus

Dosage Patients
15 other daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Vitex agnus-castus

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Vitex agnus-castus

Duration

Currently taking Vitex agnus-castus

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Vitex agnus-castus

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 6
Usually 4
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 6
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