do meds work right away?
Jan 1, 2006
I just started taking HIV meds truvada and viramune today. do they start working right away? What can I do to reduce the stress on my liver that these drugs cause? Can I still go out with friends for drinks a couple nights a week? What about taking Ibuprofen or tylenol? Im concerned about if this is the right tx for me since i'm just beginning meds. At last doc visit CD4 was 240 and VL >60,000. I have been HIV+ for three years without taking meds.
Response from Dr. Pierone
Hello and thanks for posting.
For someone just starting out on an antiretroviral regimen it is best to minimize potential interacting or confounding medications and drugs. This would mean avoiding alcohol, Tylenol, and ibuprofen for the first several months. Once you know that the HAART regimen is working you can then start consuming alcohol on a social basis and also use Tylenol and ibuprofen sparingly. HIV medications start working right away and there is usually a major drop in viral load levels within one to two weeks.
Let us know how things go. Best of luck!
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.