2 posts tagged “Valerian”

A Peek at the December Newsletters for Members

Posted December 21st, 2011 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our December edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive. See what we’ve been up to recently, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.


Can’t sleep this holiday season?  It’s not just you.  Did you know that…

  • More than 23,000 of you – nearly a fifth of all PatientsLikeMe members – report insomnia?
  • People with insomnia may also experience impaired function, mood issues (e.g. irritabilityanxiety) and daytime drowsiness as a result?
  • There are two forms of insomnia:  secondary (where it’s the symptom or side effect of something else) and primary (where it is its own disorder)?
  • Members with insomnia have shared their experiences via hundreds of treatment evaluations for prescription drugs such as AmbienTrazodoneSeroquel and Lunesta?
  • Members have also evaluated over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and Melatonin as well as herbal supplements such as Valerian and Passionflower?
  • There are numerous forum discussions about insomnia, including the six featured below in “Join the Conversation”?

Finally, here’s something else to know.  Logging onto to the PatientsLikeMe forum in the dead of the night can be a great help.  It may not cure your insomnia, but chances are, you’ll find several others who are awake and going through the same thing.

Here’s hoping your holidays are as restful and joyful as possible.

– KateEmmaLizJeanetteSharry

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What’s happening in the forum in the midnight hour?  Check out some of these insightful threads about insomnia below.  Then jump in with your own questions and answers.

Need help with something on the site?  Visit the PatientsLikeMe Site Help Room for answers from veteran members.


Thanks for your continued feedback about improving the site.  Here are our top functionality enhancements for December.

There are new labs and tests you can monitor at PatientsLikeMe. Use the search tool or browse the list to see what’s now available, including Blood Glucose, Ejection Fraction, PSA, Creatinine, AST and more.  Don’t see the lab or test that you’d like to monitor?  Email us at dataintegrity@patientslikeme.com with your request.

You can now click on the condition name in the header of any profile, including your own, to view the new-and-improved condition page.  Checking out someone’s profile and see a disease you don’t recognize? Simply click through to learn more.  Or from your own profile, click through on any of your conditions to see who else has it, the most commonly reported treatments and much more.

Share Your Experiences with Euphytose

Posted April 26th, 2011 by

Available without a prescription in France, Euphytose is an herbal treatment for anxiety and depression that contains six plant extracts:  Hawthorn, Passionflower, Valerian, Ballota foetida, Cola nitida and Guarana (Paullinia cupana).  The latter is available in France as an over-the-counter anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) agent.

Producing both sedative and stimulant effects, Euphytose combines traditional herbal remedies for anxiety with components that are thought to act on central benzodiazepine receptors.  It had been studied in one short, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 181 adults, with a statistically significant effect found for both reduction in symptoms and clinical response to Euphytose over placebo at the end of the trial.  In terms of safety, it was well-tolerated in the study with no difference in the number of adverse effects compared with placebo – and no serious adverse effects.

At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 125,000 patients are sharing their experiences with all types of treatments, two patients report trying Euphytose.   The reported purposes were “Anxious mood,” “Panic disorder” and “Insomnia.”  Effectiveness was rated as either “Moderate” or “Slight,” while side effects included “Drowsiness” and “Problems concentrating.”  Here’s what one patient with panic disorder wrote on his Euphytose treatment evaluationMakes you a little drowsy, but helps in limiting the effects of expected stressful situations.”


Have you taken Euphytose or another over-the-counter remedy for anxiety and depression?  Join PatientsLikeMe and add your experiences to our growing body of knowledge.  Then, stay to exchange advice and support, research common treatments and learn from other patients like you.

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