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Using KarmaMood Maximum Strength

What this product is and what is it used for

This product is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing St John’s Wort. Each coated tablet of this product contains 425mg of extract (as dry extract) from St John’s Wort aerial parts (Hypericum perforatum L.) (3.5-6:1) (equivalent to 1490-2550mg of St John’s Wort). Extraction solvent: Ethanol 60%v|v.

KarmaMood Maximum Strength St John’s Wort is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of slightly low mood and mild anxiety. This usage is based on traditional use only.

Before you take this product

DO NOT TAKE this product if:

  • you are under 18 years of age
  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • you are allergic to any of the ingredients (listed in product description below)
  • your skin is exceptionally sensitive to sunlight (photosensitive)
  • you are having light treatment (phototherapy) for any condition
  • you are suffering from depression (see below)

Suffering from depression?

Symptoms of depression include feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, loss of interest in daily activities, appetite or weight changes, sleep changes, loss of energy and difficulty concentrating. If your doctor has told you that you are suffering from depression do not use this product. If you think that you may be suffering from depression you should tell your doctor.

Tell your doctor before using this product if you have an intolerance to some sugars (see product description below).

While you are taking this product:

  • avoid excessive sunbathing or the use of sunbeds/solariums
  • stop using it at least 10 days prior to undergoing any surgery

Driving and operating machinery

In rare cases St John’s Wort may make you feel dizzy or sleepy. If affected do not drive or use machines.

Taking this product with other medicines

St John’s Wort can affect the way some medicines work and reduce their effectiveness. Medicines that can be affected by St John’s Wort include prescription medicines, and those that you may have bought yourself without a prescription.

Therefore it is important that you do not take St John’s Wort if you are using any of the medicines listed in the table below.


  • All hormonal contraceptives
    The birth control ‘Pill’, emergency contraception, hormonal implants, creams, patches, intra-uterine devices with hormones.
  • All medicines for depression
    Amitriptyline, clomipramine, moclobemide, citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline, duloxetine, venlafaxine.
  • All hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) treatments
    HRT tablets, patches, gels, vaginal rings
  • All medicines for thinning the blood (anticoagulants)
    Warfarin, acenocoumarol
  • All medicines for epilepsy
    Carbamazepine, phenobarbitone, phenytoin, primidone, sodium valproate
  • All immunosuppressant medicines
    Cyclosporin, tacrolimus
  • All medicines for HIV infections
    Amprenavir, atazanavir, darunavir, fosamprenavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, tipranavir, efavirenz, nevirapine, delavirdine
  • Some medicines for cholesterol
    Simvastatin, atorvastatin
  • Some medicines for cancer
    Irinotecan, dasatinib, erlotinib, imatinib, sorafenib, sunitinib, etoposide, mitotane
  • Some medicines for heart disease
    Digoxin, ivabradine, amiodarone
  • Some medicines for migraines
    Almotriptan, eletriptan, frovatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan
  • Some medicines for high blood pressure
    Amlodipine, nifedipine, felodipine, verapamil
  • A medicine for regulating mood
  • A thyroid hormone

St John’s Wort may also affect the following medicines. Therefore do not take this product with these medicines unless a doctor or pharmacist has said it is safe to do so:

  • fentanyl, propofol, sevoflurane, and midazolam (anaesthetics/pre-operative medicines)
  • tramadol (an analgesic)
  • erythromycin, clarithromycin and telithromycin (antibiotics)
  • itraconazole and voriconazole (antifungals)
  • artemether and lumefantrine (antimalarials)
  • rasagiline (an anti-Parkinson’s medicine)
  • aripiprazole (an antipsychotic medicine)
  • buspirone (an anxiolytic)
  • aprepitant (used to treat post-operative vomiting)
  • butobarbital and phenobarbital (barbiturates)
  • methyl phenidate (a central nervous system or CNS stimulant)
  • exemestane (a hormone antagonist)
  • eplerenone (a diuretic)
  • lansoprazole and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors)
  • theophylline (a bronchodilator).
  • gliclazide (an antidiabetic medicine)

How to take this product

Adults and the elderly

Take 1 tablet daily. Swallow the tablets whole with some water or other liquid. Do not chew the tablets.

Do not exceed the stated dose

If you take too much of this product (overdose)

If you take more than the recommended dose, speak to a doctor, pharmacist or healthcare practitioner and take this leaflet with you.

If you forget to take this product

Continue to take your usual dose at the usual time, it does not matter if you have missed a dose.

If you have any questions, or are unsure about anything, please ask your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare practitioner.

Possible side-effects

Like all medicines, this product can have side-effects. However, side-effects are uncommon with St John’s Wort. These are listed below.

  • digestive upsets such as indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation
  • fatigue
  • allergic skin reactions such as rash, hives or itching

Stop taking this product immediately if you experience an allergic reaction.

Other side-effects

These include headaches, nerve pain or tingling (neuropathy), anxiety, dizziness, mania. Also sunburn-like reactions in skin exposed to strong ultraviolet (UV) irradiation (e.g. sun, solarium) have been reported, particularly in fair-skinned individuals.

If you notice any other side-effect not mentioned above or any side-effect becomes serious, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

You can help to make medicines safer by reporting any side-effects to the Yellow Card Scheme at Alternatively you can get a paper Yellow Card form from your GP’s surgery or pharmacy, or call Freephone 0808 100 3352 (available 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday).

After taking this product

You must speak to a qualified healthcare practitioner if your symptoms worsen, if they do not improve after six weeks, if any side-effect becomes serious or if side-effects not mentioned in this leaflet occur.

How to store this product

Do not use your tablets after the expiry date. Return any out-of-date tablets to your pharmacist who will dispose of them for you. The expiry date is printed on the box and the blister pack.

Store the tablets in a cool dry place. Do not store the tablets in a place where the temperature goes above 25°C.

Keep the tablets out of the reach and sight of children.

Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.

Product description

Each coated tablet of this product contains 425mg of extract (as dry extract) from St John’s Wort aerial parts (Hypericum perforatum L.) (3.5-6:1) (equivalent to 1490-2550mg of St John’s Wort). Extraction solvent: Ethanol 60%v|v.

This product also contains the following ingredients:

Tablet core: Maltodextrin, silica colloidal anhydrous, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, sodium starch glycolate (Type A), magnesium stearate.

Coating: Hypromellose, sucrose, talc, calcium carbonate E170, tragacanth, acacia, liquid glucose (dry substance), titanium dioxide E171, iron oxide hydrate E172 (yellow iron oxide), vanillin, beeswax white, carnauba wax, shellac.

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this product. Each tablet contains 6mg of glucose and 234mg of sucrose.

Each pack contains 30, 60 or 90 coated tablets.

Registration holder for this product

Schwabe Pharma (UK) Ltd
Alexander House, Mere Park,
Dedmere Road, Marlow, Bucks SL7 1PD

Manufacturer of this product

Wiewelhove GmbH, Gildestrasse 39, 49477 Ibbenbüren, Germany

Traditional Herbal Registration number: THR 23056/0007

If you would like further information about this product, please contact:

Schwabe Pharma (UK) Ltd,
Alexander House, Mere Park, Dedmere Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1PD
Telephone:01628 401 980

This leaflet was prepared in August 2011

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