Factor #3: Drug Interactions
Many HIV medications interact with other prescribed medications and nutritional supplements. It's important for anyone starting meds to understand how they work and their potential interactions. For example, many people use St. John's wort, an over-the-counter supplement, to treat symptoms of depression. Simultaneous use of this supplement with Norvir (ritonavir) can cause dangerous interactions.
Similarly, many HIV drugs can cause unexpected increases or decreases in blood levels of other medications, so speaking frankly with your physician about everything you take, including supplements, is essential.