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Garlic Supplement And St. John's Wort

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Can this supplement help?

Dear Doct,I'm considering Symbiotropin to improve lipoatrophy.I'm HIV+, taking Norvir, Fortovase, Epivir, Tenofivi.CD4 at 320 and VL <50.Is it safe?Please let me know.Thank youMaurizio
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...proven to have any benefit for lipoatrophy and some have interactions with HIV drugs which may impact the success of the therapy garlic supplements and St John's wort being 2 well know examples). The regimen you are on should be pretty low risk... Read more »

Hiv supplements

My ? Can i take spirulina and revivo tea together with my arv of cipla duovir and cipla effavirenz... Read more »


Hi,would it be possible to list some of the vitamins/minerals/supplements to stay away from when on... 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 Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...Prilosec-OTC (omeprazole), ergot derivatives (such as Cafergot, D.H.E. 45, Methergine, Wigraine), garlic supplements, or the herb St. John's wort. Do not use Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor (lovastatin), Simcor, Vytorin, or Zocor (simvastatin) for the... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...(digoxin), ergot derivatives (such as Cafergot, D.H.E. 45, Methergine, and Wigraine), quindine, garlic supplements, or the herb St. John's wort. Do not use Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor (lovastatin), Simcor, Vytorin, or Zocor (simvastatin) for the... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

Medications Used in the Treatment of HIV

...taking. Many of these drugs interact with other medications as well as non-medical ingested substances (e.g., garlic supplements, St. John's wort may lower levels of PIs). Information provided by David Pieribone; edited by Mark Katz, M.D.... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Two weeks down and a life time to live

Posted by trulife, 2 Replies
Well's the end of two weeks on Atripla and so far things are going well. Side effects have been limited and are now subsiding. My biggest problem so far is swallowing the pill. I have always had trouble swallowing pills...go figure...a... 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 »