Oct 29, 2007
I'm on Atripla. I had a bad fall yesterday after having TWO drinks. A couple weeks ago I mixed alcohol and atripla with no problem, but last night, it wasn't pretty.
I had taken my Atripla a few hours earlier, but all of a sudden I passed out at the bar, hit my head on a bar stool, had two contact seizures, and ended up in the emergency room with staples in my head. Ouch.
All tests at the ER were fine, no toxicity issues, liver/kidney fine, no blood pressure issues, glucose fine, CT scan fine, they sent me home saying they don't know what did it. I imagine it was the alcohol and sustiva component of Atripla mixing.
So, I now know I can't drink on Atripla any more. Which is OK by me, I don't really miss it.
So, the real question is, is there any evidence that the mixing alcohol and atripla can you hurt your Viral Load or Immune System?
I doubt my one instance of drinking has done much damage, but if someone were to continue to have a few drinks socially (3-4 at a party) every couple of weeks, would it cause problems?
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
Short of missing a lot of your Atripla doses or overdoing the alcohol to the point of liver damage, I don't see a lot of issues with alcohol and your regimen.
It's clear that in your case, mixing alcohol and a recent Atripla pill may not be the best of option, since the two can have overlapping side effects (feeling dizzy, drunk, etc). As will all things, moderation is probably a prudent approach.
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