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Can A Person With HIV Take St. John's 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
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St. John's Wort Ingredient and Atripla

I purchased some herbal tea supplement tea that has organic St. John's Wort Leaf and Flower in it as one of many blends of herbs ingredients (Valerian Root extract 20mg, Passion Flower Extract 10mg, and proprietary blend of herbs(Licrice Root,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine determine so the best general advice would be to avoid St Johns wort altogether if taking Atripla or at least inform your HIV specialist so that more careful monitoring can be implemented. KH Read more »

st johns wort as anti-viral

my cousin is a chiropractor and uses natural herbs and such in his practice. i talked about treatment options with him and he suggested a strong dose of st johns wort, not as an anti-depressant, but as an anti-viral. what are your thoughts on this?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...I would be very skeptical of this claim.Indeed, the use of St. John's wort in persons with HIV is cautioned, since the herb can seriously affect the levels of certain HIV medications, like protease inhibitors. Read more »

Is St John's Wort safe for HIV Woman

Hi,I am a 34 yr old woman who has been POZ since approx 1986. I'm on viramume/combivir and glucophage the latter prescribed for insilun resistance. My first combo was viracept/combivir but because of the lipo (fatty stomach) I decided to switch to...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
We do not have enough information on the use of St Johns wort and I would advise against its use. John L. Sullivan, M.D. Read more »

Is St John's Wort safe for HIV+ woman??

First off let me tell you how helpful this forum is and what a great thing you guys are doing!!! It means alot!!I am a 34 yr old woman who has been POZ since approx 1986. I'm on viramume/combivir and my numbers are excellent. I've always suffered...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I am unaware of data showing that PMS is clearly more of a problem in HIV+ compared to HIV - (it is clearly a problem in the population at large). Experience with St John's Wort is variable both in Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: St. John's Wort

... St. John's wort ( Hypericum perforatum ) is a European herbal remedy widely used to treat depression. Many people find that it improves their Read more »
Project Inform

NIH Study Cautions Use of St. Johns Wort with Anti-HIV Drugs

...quickly lead to the development of resistance to indinavir. Individuals commonly use St. Johns Wort as a mild antidepressant. St. John's Wort is also likely to significantly decrease blood levels of some other protease inhibitors as well as... 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

...Researchers at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center havedemonstrated that a widely used herbal product -- St. John's wort -- could significantly compromise the effectiveness of an antiviral drug often prescribed to treat HIV... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Mental Health

Questions & Answers: A Trial of St. John's Wort ( Hypericum perforatum ) for the Treatment of Major Depression

... Background on St. John's Wort and Depression About the Trial Conclusion and Future Research For Additional Reading Background on St. John's Wort Read more »
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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 »

taking st. john's wort?

Posted by Anonymous 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 »


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Natural remedies? Not on meds yet....

Posted by cassiusp, 8 Replies
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