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St Johns Wort Is It Safe For Hep C Patients

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St. John's Wort (Hypericin)

...depression or anxiety. In 1996, the British Medical Journal published a review of scientific studies on St. John's Wort and depression. This review supports the herb's use to treat mild or moderate depression. A study of 150 patients in 2006 showed similar results. Exactly how St. John's Wort treats depression is unclear, although it may be similar to the action of some pharmaceutical products. Hypericin is active against several viruses,...
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hepatitis C and St. Johns Wort

Are there any bad effects for people with hepatitis C taking St. John's Wort??
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
...There is no real effect on hepatitis C. However, St John's Wort is metabolized in the liver and stimulates the p450 system which is responsible for processing many Read more »

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

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Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...not-so-secret feelings of lust and naughty desire for me, that I would actually chose your question over the thousands of others waiting patiently for a reply??? Hmmm . . . Well, Mister Sister let me tell you something!!!! apparently you're... Read more »

vitamin e supplement

I read that milk thistle as well as vitamin E is good to take for the liver. My question is, do I have to let my doctor know I'm taking vitamin E if I am HIV positive, on medication and Hep C positive? Is this harmful or is it okay to do? Thank you.
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...have drug interactions with some HIV medications and that was very concerning for all of us since we were afraid some of our patients had not told us that they were taking this supplement.Dr. McGovern Read more »

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 suffered...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...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 you were on a PI I would say NO (recent good study from NIH published in Lancet). With your current... Read more »
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Tipranavir (Aptivus)

...Women taking birth control pills may get a skin rash. Tipranavir can make liver problems worse. Patients with hepatitis B or hepatitis C should have careful monitoring of liver blood tests. Some patients taking tipranavir developed hepatitis and,... Read more »
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Darunavir (Prezista)

...a skin rash. In rare cases, this could be serious. Darunavir has not been carefully studied in patients with hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Their condition should be carefully monitored. Some cases of severe liver damage have been reported.... Read more »
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Hepatitis C and HIV

... What Is Hepatitis C? How Is It Diagnosed? How Is Hep C Treated? Can Hep C Be Prevented? Hep C and HIV Together The Bottom Line Read more »
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Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: St. John's Wort

St. John's wort ( Hypericum perforatum ) is a European herbal remedy widely used to treat depression. Many people find that it improves their outlook and sense of equilibrium without creating the feeling of being drugged. A number of trials... 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 »

Hepatitis C

Posted by hopefulindy, 1 Reply
...possible exposure. I have on going health issues and no answers. I am waiting on blood work to see if I have been exposed to Hep C. If someone is infected with Hep c and HIV at the same time would that slow the production of HIV antibodies? That... Read more »

Hepatitis C

Posted by hopefulindy
...Does anyone know? If you contract HIV and Hep C at the same time will the Hep C cause a delay in production of Hiv antibodies due to weakened immune system? Read more »

Hepatitis C and Coinfection

Posted by statusCunknown, 1 Reply
...opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Shari and I am not infected with HIV, (this by shear luck only). I AM infected with Hepatitis C and the virus has caused severe damage to my liver. Over 5 million Americans in this country are... Read more »