Sep 3, 2000
I am currently taking Combivir and Sustiva. Just tested positive a few weeks ago. VL 70 CD4 825 before starting the meds. I am worried about the medicine on the liver and decided to start taking 500 mg of Milk Thistle per day. Been a moderate drinker for about 15 years. I have heard pro's and con's about the herb and HIV medicine. What is your opinion. Thanks for all the great information on this site.
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
Nearly all my patients who have hepatitis C take milk thistle. It seems to lower their liver numbers with doing anything to the virus. Neither of those drugs have a high likelihood of causing liver toxicity. The best thing you can do if you are worried about your liver is to stop drinking! Good luck! DTD
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.
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