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1.St. John's Wort
St. John's wort is a common perennial herb of many branches and bright yellow flowers that grows wild in much of the world. Its name derives from the herb's tendency to flower around the feast of St. John. (A wort simply means plant in Old English.) The species name perforatum derives from the watermarking of translucent dots that can be seen when ...
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2.Tricyclic Antidepressants
For many years, the tricyclics were the most popular antidepressants. Although superseded today by the less side-effect prone selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), they are still used in certain cases. Antidepressants in this family include: Amitriptyline hydrochloride (Elavil) Amoxapine (Asendin) Clomipramine hydrochloride (Anafranil) D...
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The drug isotretinoin (Accutane) is related to vitamin A. It is used to treat severe acne. Trade Name: Accutane Both vitamin A and isotretinoin can cause toxic symptoms if taken in excess. It is presumed likely that simultaneous use of vitamin A and isotretinoin would tend to amplify the risk. For this reason, people using isotretinoin should no...
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Cyclosporine helps prevent rejection of a transplanted organ by suppressing the immune system. Grapefruit juice slows the body's normal breakdown of several drugs, including cyclosporine, allowing it to build up to potentially excessive levels in the blood. ref1 1 A recent study indicates this effect can last for three days or more following the la...
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5.Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) contains genetic information in the form of RNA. When HIV infects a human T cell, it must convert this RNA to DNA. It does so by using an enzyme called reverse transcriptase. Reverse transcriptase inhibitors interfere with this process. There are two major categories of reverse transcriptase inhibitors: nucl...
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Since the development of Prozac, the first of the selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), this family of drugs has been expanding. The SSRIs are used for both severe and /tnp/pg000332 21566 doc mild to moderate depression as well as for a variety of other conditions. These drugs work primarily by altering the action of the neurotransmitter...
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7.Protease Inhibitors
Protease inhibitors include amprenavir (Agenerase), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir), and saquinavir (Fortovase, Invirase). The amino acid glutamine is thought to have protective effects on the digestive tract. One small double-blind study found that use of glycine at 30 grams daily reduced diarrhea caused by nelfina...
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The digitalis drugs digoxin and digitoxin are used for congestive heart failure and other heart conditions. The concerns described below apply equally to both medications. Magnesium deficiency can increase the risk of toxicity from digoxin. ref12 12 However, taking magnesium supplements at the same time as digoxin might impair the absorption of the...
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9.Herbal Medicine
Along with /tnp/therapy/massage doc 37433 massage therapy , herbal treatment is undoubtedly one of the most ancient forms of medicine. By the time written history began, herbal medicine was already in full swing and being used in all parts of the world. There are several major surviving schools of herbal medicine. Two of the most complex systems ar...
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10.Oral Contraceptives
Oral contraceptives (OCs), or birth control pills, are some of the most effective contraceptive drugs. These medications include: Alesse Brevicon Demulen Desogen Estrostep Genora Jenest Levlen Levlite Levora Loestrin Lo/Ovral Micronor Mircette Modicon Nelova Nordette Norethin Norinyl Nor-Q.D. Ortho-Cept Ortho Cyclen Ortho-Novum Ortho Tri-Cyclen Ovc...
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