|about to start Complera can i crush this pill and mix with applesauce?
Oct 12, 2012
I am about to start Complera, I have a hard time swallowing pills (ibuprofen etc) is it safe to crush Complera and mix with applesauce ? will it still have the same effect? will it effect my day to day activities? Also I fly alot (flightattendant) will this jeopardize my health in the air? also, what foods should i avoid now that i am taking this? and if i get heartburn, is it safe to take tums?
| Response from Dr. Henry
The good news if that complera is one of the smaller pills currently available. Crushing the pill might work but outcome is unpredictable and I would be concerned about the effects of stomach acid/absorption of the various components so not generally recommended. Taking with antacids generally not recommended due to requirement for low stomach acide for best absorption of active HIV drugs. Absorption/activity is also better of taken with food-often recommeded to take with the largest meal of the day. I recommend starting the drug during a long weekend/week when you are not working if that is possible so you can observe how you are handling the drug (most patients tolerate well). KH
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