|Alcohol and Therapy
Oct 26, 2005
Please can you tell me how the use of alcohol affects combination therapy.
I am due to commence therapy very soon, and although, I am only a light drinker, I wanted to know if alcohol affects the potency of the medications?
Are there any of the meds which are affected more by the use of alcohol, and also, could the use of alcohol mean that resistance would develop more quickly?
Sorry if these sound like stupid questions.
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post, Guy.
No stupid question around here. Figuring out how best to live with HIV and HIV medications is a source of much apprehension.
Alcohol, in moderation is fine with regard to HIV medications. Aside from over doing it and forgetting to take one's medications, there isn't any issue with potency or developing drug resistance.
The only drug interaction issue with alcohol is to avoid the simultaneous consumption with the antibiotic metronidazole (Flagyl). This interaction can result in pretty violent vomiting, similar to the reaction in disulfuram (Antabuse).
I hope this helps, BY
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