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Protease Enzyme

Aug 2, 2006

First of all, I am HIV+ and NOT currently taking any antiretrovirals. I recently had some stomach problems, nausea, diarrhea, etc. A friend recommended a blend of natural enzymes and probiotics. When I checked the label I noticed that it listed ingredients Protease 3.0 and Protease 4.5. Okay, to a medical doctor this might sound like a dumb question, but I'm more of a humanities type. Are these the same enzymes that Protease Inhibitors suppress? If someone is taking a HAART cocktail with PIs should they avoid these type of supplements? Is there more than one type of Protease? Thanks.

Steve Washington DC

Response from Dr. Young

Steve in DC, thanks for your post.

Humanities aside, the proteases that you're talking about are different than HIV protease. Indeed, there are many different proteases out there.

While I'm not a huge fan of supplement pills (I favor eating a healthy, diverse diet instead), there's no reason, a priori, why you couldn't take them.

Best, BY

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