|Valium an hour after taking ARV
Aug 13, 2009
since ARV causes insomnia (Lamivudine/Zidovudine)
If I take valium an hour after the ARV combo Q12 to help me get sleep, will it have a negative effect on the absorption of the drug for my body?
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thank you for your post.
Taking the Valium won't affect the absorption of your HIV medications.
However, it strikes me unusual to hear that your lamivudine/zidovudine is causing insomnia. Are you taking a third medication (you should be)? If the third medication is efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin) this could be a cause of insomnia.
Valium is not my preferred medication for the treatment of mild-moderate insomnia. I'd consider using simple over the counter diphenhydramine (Benadryl, or the "PM" part of Tylenol PM) or prescription meds like Ambien, Lunesta or Sonata-- they're usually shorter acting and have lower addictive potential than Valium.
Be well, BY
A Question about Low count of Lymphocytes
is it true that bananas are not good for hivers on treatment
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.