Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Take drug separate from meals. Food may decrease absorption of the drug.1
• Magnesium and aluminum salts may decrease absorption of the drug. Avoid taking antacids or supplements together with the drug.2
• Riboflavin may be helpful in treating lactic acidosis caused by the nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors.3
• Due to the interactions between St. John's Wort and other anti-retroviral medications, it may be advisable to avoid combining Hivid with this herb.4
• Echinacea should not be used in autoimmune conditions.5
References1 Product Information. Hivid (zalcitabine). Roche Laboratories, Nutley, NJ. PROD.
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Fouty B, Frerman F, Reves R. Riboflavin to treat nucleoside analogue-induced lactic acidosis. Lancet 1998;352(9124):291-2.
4 Piscitelli SC, Burstein AH, Chaitt D, et al. Indinavir concentrations and St. John's wort. Lancet 2000;355(9203):547-548.
5 Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.
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