|Medication Timing is Everything
Apr 4, 2014
Hi Dr Henry
I am currently on Stribild. I know I am supposed to take it with either a 370 calorie low fat, or 800 calorie high fat meal (I prefer the low fat). I currently time my dose for around 1pm to take it lunch. The problem is I don't eat lunch everyday at the same time. I can eat lunch anywhere from +/- 1.5 hours off the normal schedule for 2-3 days at a time (as an example I may end up eating lunch at 2:30 one day, then the next at 11:30, back to 2pm the next, then I go back to around normal 12:45 - 1:15 for a few days, repeat cycle). My previous medication, Atripla was very forgiving with allowing for a dosage window.
My concern is that Stribild may be less forgiving and I may be doing serious harm to myself. Can you tell me if this timing variance is ok, or do I need to stick to taking it at exact the exact time every day, no matter what?
Thank you for your help!
| Response from Dr. Henry
For most patients variance in timing and caloric intake within the ranges you describe for yourself should be fine. I would inform your HIV provider so that she/he can monitor for any unexpected problems. KH
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