What Herbs Interact With Hiv Medications

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The Well Project

Drug Interactions and HIV/AIDS

...Table of Contents Introduction How Drugs Are Metabolized Drugs That Slow Down Metabolism Drugs That Speed Up Metabolism Other Types of Drug Interactions Drugs and Other Substances That May Interact With HIV Medications Other Types of Drugs That May Interact With HIV Drugs Food Taking Care of Yourself Introduction In order for a drug to work properly, you must take the correct dose so thatyou have the...
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I am about to start atripla, and I am scared to continue taking my multi-vitamin/ multi-mineral

I am starting atripla therapy and i read that St. Johns wort is a no no. That being said, I am very active and exercise a lot. I have been taking a multi vitamin/ multi-mineral vitamin pack from produced by GNC for active men. Is it safe to continue...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...So far , B vitamins and minerals have not been found to interact with HIV medications, so I would not be too concerned and still take your multivitamin with Atripla. Do not take herbs or any other supplement without Read more »

herbal tea

im drinking a herbal tea made by traditional medicinals call everyday detox and i want to know does it has any side effect with the hiv drug atripla
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...you bring a list of the ingredients with you to your next visit with your HIV specialist. He'll review any drug-drug or drug-herb interactions with your current prescription medications.Dr. Bob Read more »

Herbs and Meds

Hi I am taking Viread, Viramune, and Epivir Inaddition i am taking Jarro-Dophilus and Olive Leaf Extract Hebs, I search the net and could not find any probllems taking these drugs and Herbs together. If you have any information that this maybe...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...I'm pretty cautious about recommendations about potential interactions between herbal products and HIV medications-- this is mostly because many of the drug interactions have not been studied.In my humble opinion, there's little compelling Read more »

Herb Supplements

I am currently taking Stocrin and Combivir. Is it true that herb supplements like wheat grass, noni juice will interfere with the effects of my medication?My CD4 increased from 168 to 219 but my viral load also increased from less than 50 to 15,000...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...alternative/natural products (such as grapefruit, St Johns wort, garlic) have been shown to negatively impact the benefit of certain HIV drugs most notably protease inhibitors and to a less extent efavirenz. I am unaware of any data on wheat... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

...conditions can all cause problems in the gut. HIV The gut is the site of hidden reservoirs (pockets) of HIV, even if you take HIV drugs. HIV causes damage to the lining of the intestines as it infects the many immune cells present there.... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Drug Interactions

...How Does the Body Process Drugs? How Do Drugs Interact? Why Does Food Matter? What Causes the Most Interactions With HIV Medications? What Other Drugs Need Special Attention? What About Herbal Products? The Bottom Line What... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

...HIV-positive people, the liver is particularly important because it processes many of the drugs used to treat HIV. Unfortunately, HIV drugs can cause liver damage, which can prevent the liver from working properly. Symptoms of Liver Damage ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Hepatitis: Overview

...(HBV). People with HIV are much more likely to develop chronic HBV. Hepatitis B is more serious in people with HIV, but some HIV drugs (3TC, tenofovir, emtricitabine) fight HIV and HBV. For more information, see the Treatment Action Group's ... Read more »
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Posted by purdeyp, 3 Replies
...that way as long as possible, so am interested to hear from people who have found alternative therapies - including supplements/herbs, etc that boost your CD4 and lower your viral load. I currently take all the usual suspects - alongside all... Read more »

What should I think?

Posted by motherinlaw, 9 Replies
I will try not to make this too long...my son called yesterday and told me his wife was not doing well. My HIV negative son and three HIV negative grandchildren may soon lose their HIV positive wife and mother. My son and daughter-in-law seem not to... Read more »

The way we address HIV is cause for concern

Posted by bradford
...(some for two decades now) have no need for antiretroviral treatment because their immune system is strong. Others, who are on HIV medications, have included nutrition and replacement therapy (vitamin supplements, herbs and botanicals).... Read more »

Peat therapy: stimulates immune response

Posted by Anonymous
...destroying the bioavailable and bioactive nutrients. The nutrients in peat are very high due to a 1000+ years of decomposed herbs, mosses and mineral springs running through the peat bogs. One such element that helps the skin become more porous... Read more »
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