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Does St. John's Wort Interact With HIV Meds

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Saint John's Wort for depression - interaction with HIV meds?

Dear Dr. Gallant: There has been a lot of talk recently about the effectiveness of Hypericum (Saint John's Wort) in the treatment of depression. I suffer from depression myself and have been considering starting SJW. My question is this: I am...
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
We generally know very little about drug interactions between alternativetherapies and approved medications. Drug interaction studies are complex andexpensive and tend only to be performed to look for interactions betweencommonly combined... 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... 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... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

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.... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Aging and HIV: A Conversation with Dr. Malcolm John

Thanks to years of HIV health advocacy, better understanding of HIV disease and its complications, and improved antiretroviral treatment regimens, people with HIV now are better able to maintain their health and live longer -- perhaps even decades... Read more »
Project Inform

Your Ability to Start and Maintain

Keeping Up With Taking Meds All HIV meds go through extensive research to find the optimal dose to keep HIV under control, without causing unnecessary side effects for most people. They're usually taken once or twice a day, with or without food,... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

À la Carte -- 5. Managing the Effects of HIV and Meds on the Body

Food-Drug Interactions Following the food guidelines for your meds will reduce the chance of resistant virus. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about food requirements. The interactions between you, HIV, medications and nutrition are... 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 »

John Hopkins on Seroconversion

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
A 3 month test IS conclusive!

By John G. Bartlett, M.D. (24-Jan-2002)


In response to a question posed on April 21, 2001 you quoted "The Medical Management of HIV Infection" (Bartlett & Gallant) as saying:

The window period: The... Read more »

Yes, another oral worry wort!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
About 3 years ago, I was the insertive partner in fellatio. I do not know the HIV status of the guy that "performed". In fact, I had never met him in my life. (stupid, I know) However, after this incident, I came down with the worst sore throat... Read more »

Goji Berries are they good with hiv meds?

Posted by sweetvanilla27, 3 Replies
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 »