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Missing ARV Dose

May 26, 2011

Bob, Forgive me if you've answered this question. I know it is optimal to never miss a dose but I missed a dose last week when I fell asleep before taking the med. I have been told missing one dose a month is ok but I vowed to NEVER miss a dose since I am doing so well on Atripla. I was just so tired that I layed on the couch to rest my eyes and ten hours later I awoke.....Just need some peace of mind here....Thanks

Response from Dr. Frascino


You're correct on both counts:

1. It's optimal never to miss a dose of your antiretrovirals.

2. An occasional missed dose will not affect the efficacy of your treatment.

Peace of mind is definitely warranted!

Be well.

Dr. Bob

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