Atripla and PQQ
Oct 24, 2011
Hi! I started taking PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline quinone) because I've read that it's instrumental in mitochondrial health, but I need to make sure that it isn't something that will interact badly with any of the components of Atripla. I read on a webpage online that says PQQ has inhibitory effects on the reverse transcriptase of HIV-1 and now I'm a little concerned that it may interfere with the Atripla. PQQ is something that our bodies take-in from our diet, but in supplement form the quantities are much greater. Any thoughts? Can I continue to take it without worrying?
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
There's little in the literature about pyrroloquinolines and HIV enzymes, other than the possibility of binding (and perhaps interactions).
I don't think that there's much harm in dietary quantities, but without evidence of either benefit or safety, why run the risk?
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