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A research study has discovered that St Johnís Wort, a natural anti-depression remedy, may lower the amount of a new cancer drug called Gleevec by up to 42%. Gleevec is often used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia which is a blood cancer. Reduced quantities of the drug in the blood will greatly reduce its efficacy. St Johnís Wort is also known to have a negative affect on other chemotherapy drugs, some cardiovascular drugs, HIV medications, antidepressants and birth control pills. It is therefore important that patients inform their doctors of all medications they take.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health
About: St Johnís Wort can have a negative effect on many prescription drugs
Date: 8 November 2004
Source: Reuters Health
Author: Amy Norton
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