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Benefits Of St Johns Wort

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St. John's Wort (Hypericin)

... What Is St. John's Wort? What Are the Benefits of St. John's Wort? Why Do People With HIV Use St. John's Wort? How Is St. John's Wort Used? What Are the Side Effects? How Does It Interact With Other Therapies? The Bottom Line What Is St. John's Wort? St.
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What is a natural alternative to lexapro or other antidepresants while taking atripla? Thanks for your time and effort!
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...antiretroviral. Of course, you need to discuss this with your HIV doctor, and it's a decision that needs to weigh the risks and benefits of trying a different antiretroviral. Treating the depression is another alternative. Lexapro (escitalopram)... Read more »


Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...There have not been studies which indicate benefit for people with HIV from herbal supplements. Several, notably St Johns Wort (hypericin) and garlic supplements, have harmful interactions with some of the proven HIV meds, reducing their... Read more »

protease &probiotics

I am currently taking a probiotic (Pimal Defense) Among other things it claims to raise protease levels in the blood. Is this a problem?
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...therapies are used, it is important to check that they are not one of the few that have been found to alter HIV drug levels (e.g. St Johns Wort) and weigh the risks vs the benefits of these compounds. You might want to post this question on the... Read more »

homeopathic human growth hormone and inmune enhencer

Im on Haart treatment homeopathic human growth hormone and inmune enhencer alternative medicine can be taken with agenerase, sustivaand ziagen in order to increasemy energy and stamina. thanks.Interfers with my HAART??
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...use of homeopathic amounts of medications usually does not only not interact with HIV medications, but doesn't have clinical benefit.Remember, that usless the specific drug-drug interaction has been studied, there cannot be any definative... Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

NIH Clinical Center Study Demonstrates Dangerous Interaction Between St. John's Wort and an HIV Protease Inhibitor

...Center's Pharmacy Department. "When the body eliminates the antiviral drug too quickly, there can be a loss of therapeutic benefit." AIDS research clinician Dr. Judith Falloon of the Laboratory ofImmunoregulation, National Institute of Allergy... Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

St. John's Wort Study Launched

...components in thisclinical trial will provide the scientific expertise and clinical guidanceto rigorously investigate this herb's benefit or risk in the treatment ofdepression." In Germany, where physicians routinely prescribe herbs for a variety... Read more »

An Overview of Norvir (Ritonavir)

...frequency in the elderly of liver, kidney, or heart problems and concurrent drug therapy for other conditions.Some individuals may benefit from different doses of ritonavir. Individuals should always take ritonavir as prescribed by their doctor. ... Read more »

An Overview of Sustiva (Efavirenz, Stocrin)

...88 lbs depends on the child's weight. Taking efavirenz at bedtime may decrease some of its side effects. Some individuals may benefit from different doses of efavirenz. Individuals should always take efavirenz as prescribed by their doctors. ... Read more »
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taking st. john's wort?

Posted by Anonymous
I am working on a cover story for US News and World Report about dietary supplements. There have been some findings that taking St. John's Wort can interfere with the effectiveness of protease inhibitors. If this has happened to you or you know of... Read more »


Posted by LostNconfused, 5 Replies
I tested positive 3 days before Christmas and I think I am still numb to the fact. I haven't told any friends or family because I really don't know how and most are judgemental and I'm sure will walk away. But I guess if they do, then I didn't need... Read more »

Goji Berries are they good with hiv meds?

Posted by sweetvanilla27, 1 Reply
I have been searching for healthy foods to eat whilst starting my ARV meds and online i came across Goji berries, they are full of antioxidants. Would you recommend eating them? Read more »

Info about lexapro

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can anyone give any info about this drug for depression? Thanks Read more »