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Is There Any Problem With Taking St. John's Wort While On 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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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 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 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 »

Sustiva & St. John's Wort -- Aerial Parts?

Hi, Dr. Bob!I might be posting this in the wrong category, but I read your responses routinely and know you cover a lot of ground when you reply -- so I have a feeling you will be able to provide some guidance. Plus, I have a crush on you.......
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Jim,Do you really think that just because you're a three-mile-per-day energized gym bunny with washboard abs that are so cut I could do my laundry on your stomach and that just because you routinely read my responses and harbor... 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 Hopkin's

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I would like to point out John Hopkin's Aids Service please read the publications about HIV tests and Symptoms and please don't bother Dr. Joel with Worried Well questions read the archives everything under the sun has been asked.I am a IV Drug user... Read more »

taking hiv meds to Russia and Eastern Europe

Posted by Anonymous
I'm traveling to Russia and Eastern Europe this summer. I'm concerned that I might have a problem going through customs in these countries if my HIV meds are spotted. Has anyone taken their HIV meds to these countries? What happened? Any advice?... Read more »

To all Re: John in London

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Dear All,

Firstly to John in London..I did'nt mean to cause you grief by exposing your postings on John Hopkin's site, that was not my intention. My intention was to try and point out that there is no answer to your question and like me you are... Read more »