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Take Meds With Food or Without
Mar 1, 2005

What studies have looked at the relationship between food intake and meds?

In clinical practice, some people have less diarrhea and vomiting when taking Viread with food, some without.

Some people also do better when taking Kaletra with food.

Is there any scientific basis for these individual differences or is it just, forgive the pun, a "crap shoot"?

Response from Dr. Henry

There is already wide variation in both blood levels achieved and side effects from specific HIV drugs between patients. Food can impact both the levels achieved in the blood and side effect profile and not always in a consistent manner from person to person so it is a real phenomenon. KH



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