|gingko biloba interactions with HIV drugs
Jul 3, 2010
Hi Doc, I am thinking about taking gingko biloba as a treatment for poor circulation. I tend to get cold hands/feet, dizziness and numbness in my head. I went to numerous doctors regarding these problems and got my heart checked. Nothing seem to be wrong. I am wondering if Gingko would negatively affect my HIV medication's metabolism due to gingko's use of the cytochrome P450 pathway. I read some studies concluding that it should not be taking with efavirenz which I am not currently taking. I am on Truvada (once a day), Raltegravir, Darunavir and Ritonavir (all twice a day. I am contemplating to take 40 mg of Gingko 3 times a day. Please let me know if it would negatively interact with my meds. Thanks in advance.
| Response from Mr. Vergel
Have you got your thyroid function checked? You may have the symptoms of hypothyrodism.
I found no scientific reference that shows data on the effect of Gingko on circulation.
Gingko could interact negatively with protease inhibitors and non nucleosides. I would stop it if I was you.
Talk to your doctor about testing your TSH, T3and T4 for thyroid function.
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