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Jun 24, 2013

Dr. I have learned that no medications or drugs would alter my HCV or HIV antibody test except chemotherapy medication and potent immunosuppressive drugs. I basically know about chemo drugs are for CANCER patient. I would like to know what are immunosupressive drugs. Would my medicine which is GUAIFENESIN be classified as immunosupressive drugs? According to this link it may cause mild immunosupressive activity. Would this medcine affect will give a false negative result on my HIV and HCV antibody test? Thank you..

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there- No, guaifenesin is an over the counter cough syrup that would not affect your HIV or HCV tests. You would surely know if you were on chemotherapy as these medications are prescribed for very specific and severe diseases by medical providers. They are not available over the counter. Take care, LHW

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