Dec 17, 2002
Currently I am on the following HAART. Viread 300 mg., Epivir 150 mg., Viramune 200 mg. and Acyclovir 400 mg. To this mix I want to add the herbal root Tongkat Ali (radix Eurycoma Longifolia Jack) that I purchased through a company in Malaysia. Tongkat Ali is known for stimulating testosterone production in the body thus improving sexual desires and also has anti-HIV qualities. Do you have any information on the safety of this herb when mixed with our Westerm anti-HIV meds? Thank you, Robert Allen
Response from Dr. Boyle
No, I don't have any information about that herbs interaction with HIV meds, and I doubt that any exists. That is the problem with using herbs or alternative medications, the interactions are a potential Pandora's box of problems. If your having problems with your testosterone, there are other ways to replace it and your doctor should be able to give you information about that. Also, I'm confused by your regimen: Are you sure you're not on a total of 400mg of Viramune (nevirapine) and 300mg of Epivir (lamivudine) a day? If you're not, you should contact your doctor immediately and discuss it with him/her.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.