Sep 2, 2003
someone told me that if you take a protease inhibitor-than you shouldnot take garlic. is this true?
Response from Dr. Wohl
There are concerns that garlic in sufficient quantities can interfer with certain HIV drugs. This is best described fo rteh protease inhibitor saquinavir (Fortovase, Invirase) but may hold true for other drugs in and outside of this drug class.
One study of garlic and ritonavir did not show an effect. Ritonavir is used to boost the levels of otehr protease inhibitors, including saquinavir.
I would be cautious about taking supplemental garlic but adding some to your pasta should not be a problem.
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