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Fruit juices with citric acid
Aug 11, 2012

I read the answer to the question regarding drinking grapefruit juice and taking meds and am a little concerned. I have been positive 17 years and since beginning my truvada, reyataz, zerit, and norvir regimen(750 viral load)4 years ago I cannot drink orange or grapefruit juice. It gives me the same feeling as a high lactic acid level did when taking over 40mg of zerit. Many prescription medicines now warn against taking grapefruit juice witgh medicine. Doesn't fruit juice(especially grapefruit juice cause side effects with HIV medicine?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

The only fruit juice that interacts with HIV medications is grapefruit-- even that would have to be consumed in frequent high quantities to be a problem.

That said, if you're having symptoms of "lactic acid", I'd be sure to bring this to your doctor's attention.

Be well, BY

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