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Sick after taking alcohol

Sep 3, 2017

Ever since i've started treatment, i noticed that each time i had a bit too much of alcohol, i'll feel sick and lethargic before it goes away within 2 days. is this normal or is this a cause of concern?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

Thanks for writing. There is no known interaction between alcohol and antiretroviral meds but your symptoms don't lie. You don't mention how long you've been on meds. If you are still adjusting to them that may be a factor. I would listen to your body and adjust your behavior accordingly.

It is recommended that someone on HIV have only one alcoholic drink per day. You mention sometimes having a "bit too much." Please be alert to any excess drinking since it can reduce inhibitions resulting in high-risk behavior and affect your adherence to medications.

If you've ever had an issue with alcoholism or other addiction I would refrain from alcohol altogether. If you want support in stopping alcohol there are support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART Recovery..

Thanks for writing,


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