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Taking St. John's Wort When You're Hiv Positive

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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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False negative HIV test from St John's wort?

Hi Would taking daily supplements such as St Johns Wort cause a false negative HIV test?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
No.... Read more »

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 »

False test results from St John's wort?

Can St. John's wort result in a false negative or false positive?Thanks for your answer....
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Medications-- homeopathic or not-- do not affect the results of the HIV test.... 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 »

JOHNS HIV POSITIVE

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
LET IT GO JOHN YOU HAVE HIV! THIS WACKO INVITES PEOPLE TO CALL HIM AND WRITE HIM LETTERS. WHAT A SICKO HE LIVES IN ENGLAND AND INVITES PEOPLE TO COME SEE HIM AND CALL HIM TO DISCUSS THAT HE IS HIV POSITIVE. LISTEN YOU SICKO LET IT GO YOU ARE... 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 »

TO JOHN IN LONDON

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Did you get a PERT test if so do you have a contact name and number as I would like to have this test performed on me.

Thanks

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