Oct 25, 2006
I am currently taking Stocrin and Combivir.
Is it true that herb supplements like wheat grass, noni juice will interfere with the effects of my medication?
My CD4 increased from 168 to 219 but my viral load also increased from less than 50 to 15,000 copies.
I have been taking my medication without fail. So the doctor asked if i am taking herb supplements.
Please comment. Thank you.
Response from Dr. Henry
Some alternative/natural products (such as grapefruit, St Johns wort, garlic) have been shown to negatively impact the benefit of certain HIV drugs most notably protease inhibitors and to a less extent efavirenz. I am unaware of any data on wheat grass or noni juice.If any reader is aware of any published data please post. It would generally be unusual for any supplement to so profoundly effect the function of Combivir + Sustiva that the viral load would increase from undetectable to 15,000 copies. Evaluation for adherence and resistance status as well as checking the levels of efavirenz would be reasonable to discuss with your HIV specialist. KH
- What Are Some Ways You Can Get Std's?
- What Does It Mean When You Have A Discharge But No Std?
- Can Jerking Off All The Time Make You Blind?
- Hiv Transmission From Inanimate Objects
- Hiv Transmission In Lesbians Grinding/frottage Or Oral Sex
- Is A Cough Without Fever An Early Symptom Of Hiv?
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.