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Can St. John's Wort Help With HIV

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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. John's Wort is a flowering plant. ("Wort" is an old English word for an herb or plant.) It grows in many parts of the world. Its scientific name is hypericum perforatum. All of the...
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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...
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 the literature and among my own patients. If... Read more »

saint john's wort - valerian and meds for hiv

hello i have not getting a lot of sleep for the last two months (5 to 6 hours the most every night)I have been told that saint John's wort has an anti depression benefits that promotes to a good night sleep. Valerian is also a well known herb...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.It's good that you're looking at possible drug-drug interactions between your HIV drugs and supplements.The regimen that you're on, in particular Isentress, is known for having limited potential for such... Read more »

St. John's Wort and many of my meds!

Six days ago, I started taking anti-depression pills that I purchased at a health food store--along with all of my HIV meds. These new pills contain St. John's Wort; and today, on day six, I have started shivering, and itching all over,...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.I would continue to take your HIV medications as previous, but stopp the St. John's wort supplement.Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is ok to take to help with the itching; but I'd contact your doctor at your next... Read more »

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
There is concern that use of St Johns wort can decrease the levels of the efavirenz in Atripla. Though the amount of St Johns wort in the herbal tea may be minimal that may be difficult to determine so the best general advice would be to avoid St... 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 »

JOHNS HIV POSITIVE

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
LET IT GO JOHN YOU HAVE HIV! THIS WACKO INVITES PEOPLE TO CALL HIM AND WRITE HIM LETTERS. WHAT A SICKO HE LIVES IN ENGLAND AND INVITES PEOPLE TO COME SEE HIM AND CALL HIM TO DISCUSS THAT HE IS HIV POSITIVE. LISTEN YOU SICKO LET IT GO YOU ARE... Read more »

TO ALL AND JOHN

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
JOHN IN LONDON HAS HIV DONT REPLY TO HIS POSTS' OR MAY CATCH IT FROM HIM. SERIOUSLY HE IS HIV POSITIVE AND NEEDS THERAPY AND MENTAL HELP. TO ALL YOU OTHER WACKOS AND NUT JOBS YOU NEED HELP TOO, CAUSE YOU HAVE HIV ALSO AND ARE VERY ANGRY PEOPLE WHO... Read more »

FOR KEVIN:RE JOHNS POST

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
HELLO TO EVERY POOR SOUL WHOM IS WORRIED ABOUT HIV/AIDS INFECTION.As im no hiv/aids expert,all i can do is tell you the truth about myself.ive always been looking for(14months) for the 100%sure test that i was neg.ive spent thousands of pounds,that... Read more »