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Alcohal and ARV
Jan 28, 2010

Is there any way one can know the amount of alcohal that can not interfere with the proper functionality/performance of ARVs in the body?. Secondly, does smoking have any effect in the person using ARVs?

Response from Dr. McGowan

Thanks for the questions,

There is no answer to your fist question because, like medications, alcohol is metabolized at different rates in different people. Also the health of the liver due to infections such as hepatitis B or C can also effect how the liver functions. I usually tell my patients to keep taking their meds regularly even if they plan to have a social night out and have some alcohol. Unless you have liver diesease (which can be screened for by your doctor) you should be able to handle it, just pace drinking to let the liver catch up. Joe



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