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Does Hypericin Interact With HIV Meds

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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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Interaction of HIV meds and herbal meds

I am a Physician Assistant in California working with coinfected patients. I had a question about safety of herbal medicines (saw palmeto) and HIV meds, specifically Atripla. The herb question comes up quite a bit, is there any reference thats...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
I have not been able to find a searchable online reference for drug-herb interactions. There are several reference books on the market, but an online reference would be extremely helpful. If any of our readers knows of such a resource please let me... Read more »

ED med and HIV med interaction (USE OF ED DRUGS WHILE ON ANTIRETROVIRALS, 2010)

I'm currently on Viramune and Truvada and I've been having problems getting an erection. My doctor prescribed cialis 10mg but it does not seem to work that well. If I take 20mg it works fine. Is there an interaction between my HIV meds...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Erectile dysfunction medications require dose adjustment when used concurrently with certain HIV medications (see below). Your current regimen of Viramune plus Truvada does not require dose adjustment.Regarding your ED, your HIV physician... Read more »

Tangelos and HIV med interactions?

I know that if you are on HIV meds you should not eat grapefruits but what about tangelos, a hybrid between grapefruit and tangerines?I found this reference online which saya fro statins, it is Ok to eat tangelos. Does the same apply for HIV...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thank you for your post.I would agree with your conclusions. Even with grapefruit, you'd have to consume huge quantities for there to be a very significant interaction. So, enjoy the tangelos. Happy holidays,BY... Read more »

Drug Interactions between Levitra and HIV/depression meds?

I have been HIV+ for 3 years and I am on the current med regimen: Viramune 200 mg po BID Epivir 150 mg po BID Zerit 40 mg po BID Valtrex 500 mg po daily Testosterone 200 mg IM q week Nandralone Deca 100 mg IM q week Lexapro 1.5 mg po qAM Wellbutrin...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Levitra has a potential drug interaction with protease inhibitors, which can elevate levels of Levitra, and require starting on a lower dose than usual. However, you are not taking a protease inibitor. Your ART regimen is based on Viramune, an... Read more »
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Living with HIV and meds

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I have been HIV + since 97 and am now on meds, since 2001.
I am constantly tired and wonder how I will continue rebuilding my life up, going back to work etc. Not working is extremely depressing but the thought sometimes of getting back out there... Read more »

HIV meds and Depression meds?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello. I have known of my positive status for two years now. I was put on Epivir, Viread, and Sustiva in February of 2004. My labs are good, and I feel great, as my viral load is almost undetectable. This summer I have had some problems with... Read more »

Natural remedies? Not on meds yet....

Posted by cassiusp, 8 Replies
Not yet on meds, still have a decent T cell count. Started taking Korean Ginseng. NAC, ST Johns Wort and Lysine (collagen, I am a little paranoid about wrinkles :) ) and a good multivit. Oh and plan to start breathing meditations with my BF (he... Read more »

refusing meds

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
has anyone here ever refused being put on meds. what was your reason? have you changed your mind since? why do people refuse to be put on meds..because of the side effects? do they believe that HIV meds cant make a differnce, or is more of "if i... Read more »