|COLD-FX and HIV Meds - interaction ?
Jan 3, 2009
My name is Arnold, 43 Years old, 19 years HIV-positive with overall good health and labwork.
I moved to Canada 8 years ago, where I discovered an OTC product called "Cold FX" that helps me tremedously whenever I feel the symptoms of a "common cold" coming on.
The product is North American Ginseng in pill-formula, dosed in a tightly controlled manner.
Here is what their health info has to say: "Each capsule of COLD-fX has been certified [...] to contain 200 mg of CVT-E002, a unique proprietary aqueous extract containing greater than 80% poly-furanosyl-pyranosyl-saccharides from Panax quinquefolius (North American ginseng, root)."
(Yeah that's a lot of biochemistry that I do not really understand...)
My question: Is there a possibility of Cold-FX interacting with HIV Meds?
Should I be careful using it?
I know that St. John's Worth and Echinacea, as well as grapefruit juice have shown interaction with HIV Meds, so I stay away from those supplements/products.
Would Cold-FX pose the same risks?
Thanks for your answer
Also, I would like to to take the occasion to thank the entire thebody.com crew for their ongoing commitment and time to make thebody.com the invaluable resourse that it is. I have been checking in and reading up regularly over the last 10 years and there is always important information to find.
A Happy New Year to all of you!
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello Arnold and thanks for your post and very kind words.
I'm not aware of the product that you discuss, but based on what you've described, I don't know of any obvious drug-drug interactions with typical HIV medications. One essential point about interactions is that you (I) need to know what the other medications are- there are very specific and sometimes different interactions with each HIV medication.
So, it's not as simple as to say that there either are- or aren't interactions; rather that we'd like to know the entire list of prescription and non-prescription medications before deciding.
In my view, when in doubt (especially when it comes to generally non-proven supplements), I tend to avoid anything (or any interaction) that is untested, rather than risk decreasing the potency of your life-saving HIV medications.
Happy new year to you,
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