BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
I have Polycystic Kidney Disease. I am in the end
stage. I know there is no cure other than a
transplant. Currently, I take the following Medicines:
Renvella (3600MG with meals) [phosphorus binder]
Iron (at dialysis - liquid form... not sure the
name) [for anemia]
Hectorol [converted vitamin D in a form I can absorb]
Epogen [something normally produced by the kidneys]
Percocet 10/325 for chronic pain (back)
Colace [stool softener - because of the percocet]
Xanax (when needed) [anxiety]
Lisinopril [high blood pressure]
What I would like to know is this... are there any
herbal equivalents for these medications?
I am afraid that the herbal equivalents for any of these
are not going to suffice to help your condition. Sorry.
ANSWERS FROM AMANDA:
I need to know how many mgs of St. John's Wort equals
200mgs of Wellbutrin. If you can help me on this it
would be great.
There is no exact equivalence of the antidepressant
Wellbutrin (bupropion) and the herb St. Johnswort (Hypericum
perforatum), but the recommended replacement dosage for
St. Johnswort is 900 mg per day, usually 300mg three
times a day. Like some drugs, St. Johnswort is usually
taken for days to weeks before that dose is felt by the
person taking it, and this dose is not usually increased
as time goes by. I hope this is helpful.