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St. John's wort complications

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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U.K. Committee on the Safety of Medicines' Feb. 29 statement warning against taking St. John's wort with 17 Rx drugs, including Celexa, Prozac, Zoloft and Imitrex, is brought to FDA's attention by Public Citizen's Health Research in a March 2 letter. FDA's recent warnings concerning the herbal's effects on certain antiretroviral AIDS drugs is an "insufficient response to a serious public health hazard," the consumer group says, urging the agency to "immediately issue a warning to American physicians and patients about all of these drugs and require warnings be included in [their] labeling" regarding their potential interaction with St. John's wort

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