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Drug interractions
Jan 13, 2005

I have been on meds for about a year and I am undetectable and CD4 is about 370.I am on Keletra, Zerit and Epivir. After two children I want to lose some fat around my belly. I am exercising but want to speed up the process by taking a fat burning supplement. I am not sure though if any of the ingredients would counteract with my meds. I heard St. Johns wort should not be taken with Keletra so I just want to be sure. This supplememt is all natural and has green tea extract, Maca force, bitter orange, Yerba mate and guana extract, and some other ingredients in smaller quantities. I guess I want to know what natural ingredients are not safe with the meds I am on. Thank you

Response from Dr. Henry

Many of those substances have not been studied but should be OK. Garlic, St Johns wort, and grapefruit are some substancs shown to have significant interactions with protease inhibitors. Your provider should be made aware of any alternative meds you take so that either your HIV status or the actual levels of the lopinavir can be checked. KH

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