alcohol use and medications
May 11, 2000
I will be starting a new combination of combivir and sustiva, and wondered if one can have a 'cocktail' every now and then. I realize that on some meds such as norvir I was told by my doc and pharmacist not to use alcohol.
Response from Dr. Henry
Moderate/low alcohol use (Two or fewer drinks/day) is probably OK with Combivir/Sustiva. If you have a history of pancreatitis then avoid alcohol if possible. Make sure your liver is OK and you have been hepatitis vaccinated. Watch the alcohol use during the first 1-2 months on Sustiva until you have adjusted to any nervous system effects of that drug. Keith Henry, M.D.
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