|Took some St. John's Wort on atripla.
May 11, 2011
I was having some mild sore throat symptoms due to allergies and weather changes with the start of spring. I bough some natural throat spray to help with the symptoms I sprayed my throat about 6 times over the past 2 days. When I looked over the ingredients I saw that the last item was st john's wort. I immediately threw out the spray and will be much more careful in the future. How concerned should I be about the amount of st john's wort I consumed interfering with my treatment on atripla? I've been on treatment since my diagnosis a little over a year ago. The total amount of spray I used would be less than 1/4 of a teaspoon and the amount of the herb in that spray would be less. But is this enough to ruin my treatment?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Your right to question whether supplements might interfere with your HIV medications; frequently, their interactions are not well studied.
St. John's wort is one of the supplements that is known to interact with many HIV medications and as such, I generally don't recommend using wort (never mind that there is very limited high-quality evidence that their is benefit from it's use). In your case, the small amount for a brief period shouldn't have any significant detrimental effect on your HIV medications.
Hope that helps, BY
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