Patients with HIV: Counsel About Complementary and Alternative Supplement Use

Pharmacy Times
by Jeannette Y. Wick

Many patients who have HIV use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help handle their health issues. This population, like other populations of people who have chronic diseases and take many different prescription drug therapies, is at high risk for drug interactions.

Best estimates indicate that about 67% of patients with HIV take dietary supplements with their anti-retroviral therapy.

A team of pharmacists from Touro University in Vallejo, CA, and Creighton University in Omaha, NE, have assembled a review that looks at the use of CAM in people being treated for HIV infection.

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