Alert over popular herbal supplement

The TGA has launched an investigation into the safety of valerian and wants GPs to watch out for patients with liver injuries

GPs are being urged to be alert to liver injury caused by valerian, a complementary medicine typically used to treat menopause symptoms, sleeplessness and mild anxiety.

The TGA has announced it is investigating the safety of valerian (Valerian officinalis), a medicinal herb permitted in Australia and readily available over-the-counter without a safety warning.

Since 1983, there have been five cases of liver injury linked to valerian, with another 10 cases involving products that include the herb as an ingredient, according to

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