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Food restrictions Combivir/Stocrin
Jan 12, 2006

I saw a general food restrictions guide on this website which indicated that Combivir should be taken on an empty stomach. I also saw some archived answers that indicated there are no restrictions with either combivir or stocrin. and then another answer that said it is better to take one of them after a low-fat meal. Please clarify these issues and let me know of any other dietary needs. Right now I am taking the combivir in the morning at 10am with food and then combivir and stocrin together at 10pm before going to bed. I do, however, often eat a later dinner--sometimes 8:30-9:30. Please let me know if I should make any changes. thank you so much!

Response from Dr. Henry

There are no food restrictions for Combivir (can be taken with or without food). For some patients taking Combivir with food diminishes some of the stomach side effects. Sustiva is often recommended to take on an empty stomach. If taken with food the more fat in the meal the higher the levels of Sustiva with a greater potential for Sustiva side effects. Some patients take Sustiva with a light or low fat meal or snack with no problems. KH



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