May 19, 2004
I was tested HIV+, t4 was 260, viral load 193.000. I started kaletra and combivir this week, till now minimal side effects. To spice up my sexlife i sometimes used libidfit instead of viagra. Do you know wether libidfit has any influence on my medication? libidfit contains the follows herbs: cornus fruit, dogwood fruit, wolfberry fruit, largehead atractylodes rhizome, rehmannia root, epimedium, cinnamon bark, cassia bark, dried root of radix ginseng, red ginseng, schisandra fruit, multiflower knotweed. more productinfo on www.libifit.ag.
Response from Dr. Henry
Good question. I don't have any information regarding potential interactions between those ingredients (at what amounts and concentrations) and protease inhibitors. Viagra levels are usually increased by protease inhibitors but data about interactions between alternative/complementary compounds and HIV meds is very limited. Certain alternative medications such as St Johns wort or garlic have been shown to potentially decrease levels of some protease inhibitors. When a patient of mine is using alternative meds I ask to be informed of which compound and watch for interactions including sometimes getting a level of the PI before and after to make sure that there is not a negative effect. KH
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