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Kava kava and HIV meds

Mar 16, 2002

I'm taking Viracept and Combivir, and am wondering how kava kava might interact with these meds. I know that some herbal remedies (ex. St. Johns Wort) can hinder the effectiveness of some meds.

Response from Dr. Young

I am not aware of any drug interaction data with kava kava and HIV medications. This is not to say that they can be there, though; the St John's wort and garlic supplement story came as a bit of surprise.

I frankly try to avoid the recommendation of herbal remedies; though if your viral load is undetectable on your current regimen, I would think that you'll be fine. BY

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