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Please help. I am quite worried
Jul 14, 2013

Good morning Doctor, I am writing from Vietnam. I am under PEP treatment. There are some issues making me worried as follows: 1/ I often have the habit of drinking coconut water in the evening. Last two days (when I was in the period of PEP) I drank PEP (Lamivudin, Zidovudin) with some water immediately before taking 01 coconut water glass. Yesterday, I drank 01 glass of coconut water before drinking the same PEP with one normal water glass. I am not sure whether coconut water has any impact on the effect of my PEP... 2/ I started my PEP on 11th July 2013. My doctor prescribed me 30 days taking PEP. I do not know whether 30 day period is necessary because I read on the Internet saying that 28 days are enough. Can I stop using PEP on late 8th August 2013? I high appreciate your time answering my issues and wish you best luck Dragon

Response from Dr. Young

Hello Dragon and thanks for posting from Vietnam.

1) I don't believe that there are any problems in drinking coconut water and HIV medications.

2) 28 or 30 days is the typical duration of PEP. There's really difference between the two.

Hope that helps, BY



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