Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
News » St Johnís Wort can have a negative effect on many prescription drugs

St Johnís Wort can have a negative effect on many prescription drugs

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

Related Disease Topics:

Article Source Details

About: St Johnís Wort can have a negative effect on many prescription drugs

Date: 8 November 2004

Source: Reuters Health

Author: Amy Norton


Related Medical Topics

This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

More News Topics

  • Gender-specific health differences need further examination
  • Gene mutation identified in autoimmune conditions
  • Gene mutation responsible for Rett Syndrome discovered
  • Gene presence determines migraine susceptibility
  • Genes may revolutionize medication regimes
  • Genetic biomarkers has potential to diagnose psychiatric disorders
  • Genetic mutation passed on by mother may influence risk of metabolic syndrome
  • Genetic profile test determines if breast cancer victims need chemotherapy
  • Genetic testing for eye conditions
  • Genetic testing improves hearing loss diagnosis in children
  • Genital herpes facts
  • Genital wart vaccine on the way
  • Gestational diabetes may predispose children to diabetes
  • Getting 'back on the horse' with cardiac rehab

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise