Antivirals and Aspirin
Apr 28, 2010
I remember hearing awhile back that aspirin interferes with effectiveness of certain (all?) antivirals. As a result, for years I've been taking ibuprofen as needed, and avoiding aspirin. My doctor has recommended that I start a daily dose of baby aspirin. Your thoughts? I'm a healthy gay male. Age 57. Tested positive in October '88. Antivirals: AZT only 2/91-2/92; AZT,DDI 2/92-4/92 (developed asymptomatic pancreatitis); AZT,DDC 4/92-4/96; Viracept,Epivir 9/96-10/96(suspected foot neuropathy); 10/96-5/99 AZT, Epivir; 5/99-12/04 Combivir, Viramune; 12/04-present Viread, Norvir, Reyataz, Ziagen. Took approx 3 month break from antivirals around May-August '94 after contracting hepatitis. CD4 count range: 2/91 335; '91-'03 fluctuated btw 250-550, mostly in 350 range; 4/04-late '08 below 200; 6/08-present 400-500 range. Thank you. And I very much appreciate thebody.com, a valuable resource! Steve
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Not sure where you heard that about aspirin and antivirals; I'd see no specific problem in taking low dose ("baby") aspirin for heart or vascular disease prevention.
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