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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Drug interactions with St John’s wort

    It’s a long list compiled by researchers at RMIT University in Victoria, Australia.

    • Anticancer agents: imatinib (Gleevec) and irinotecan (Camptosar)
    • Anti-HIV agents: eg, indinavir (Crixivan), lamivudine (Epivir), and nevirapine (Viramune)
    • Anti-inflammatory agents: eg, ibuprofen (Motrin), and fexofenadine (Allegra)
    • Antimicrobial agents: eg, erythromycin (Benzamycin), and voriconazole (Vfend)
    • Cardiovascular drugs: eg, digoxin (Lanoxin), ivabradine (Procoralan), warfarin (Coumadin), verapamil (Calan), and nifedipine (Procardia), and talinolol
    • Central nervous system agents: eg, amitriptyline (Elavil), buspirone, (Buspar), phenytoin (Dilantin), methadone (Dolophine), midazolam (Versed), alprazolam (Xanax), and sertraline (Zoloft)
    • Blood sugar lowering drugs: eg, tolbutamide (Diflucan) and gliclazide (Glipizide)
    • Immuno-modulating agents: eg, cyclosporine (Sandimmune) and tacrolimus (Prograf)
    • Oral contraceptives
    • Proton pump inhibitor: eg, omeprazole (Prilosec)
    • Respiratory system drugs: eg, theophylline (Theodur)
    • Statins: eg, atorvastatin (Lipitor) and pravastatin (Pravachol)

    The bottom line?
    The article discusses the connection with the CYP enzyme system.

    8/30/08 21:57 JR

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