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travelling & medication timing
Mar 20, 2001

dear doctor i'm taking meds 2 times per day (combivir+400mgcrixivan+100mgnovir) vl=200 t4=630. i'll have to travel to South America from Europe.i take my meds at 8am & 8pm (when it s 4am &4 pm in Brazil).what would be your advice so that i could take those meds at 8am & pm local time in Brazil.same question for the return to Europe. Thank you very much for your very valuable forum. D.

Response from Dr. Pavia

Dear D.

The safest way to adjust to a new time zone is to move your dosing by one hour a day. So, for an example, you might start 2 days before departure. On day 1 you switch to 9am and 9pm (gmt), then on day 2 you move to 10am and 10pm. On the day you arrive, you will be do to take it at 11/11, which is 6am and 6pm in Brazil. Assuming you don't want to keep waking up at 6am in Brazil (!) you then go to 7 am/7 pm, and so on at a rate of one hour a day. You may want to take a small travel alarm with you and keep it set to home time until you have shifted over. On the way back, repeat the process.

Depending on the regimen, a shift of two hours at a time may be reasonably safe as well.

Bon Voyage ATP



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