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The Well Project

Drug Interactions and HIV/AIDS

...Metabolized Drugs That Slow Down Metabolism Drugs That Speed Up Metabolism Other Types of Drug Interactions Drugs and Other Substances That May Interact With HIV Medications Other Types of Drugs That May Interact With HIV Drugs Food Taking Care of Yourself Introduction In order for a drug to work properly, you must take the correct dose so thatyou have the right amount of the drug in your bloodstream. Before an...
Ask the Experts

Meds and food

What are the main reasons for one drug to be taken with food and other to be taken on an empty stomach? Is that for better absorption or for side effects to be lessened? Or there are other important issues?
Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

...There are several reasons why many HIV medications have food restrictions and must be taken either with food or on an empty stomach. The main reason is for better drug absorption. Read more »

side effects

i 've been on treatment for about a month plus,i seem to loose appetite most especially early in the mornings when i need to eat before taking my meds
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Hello and thanks for your post.Several HIV medications should be taken with food-- including atazanavir (Reyataz) and darunavir (Prezista). Anorexia can be a problem for patients Read more »

Stomache Fat/Bloating

My boyfriend who is +ve has been on a variety of meds for about 25 years now and he a particularly a large stomach - he wants to lose weight and although this has made a slight difference - if it is meds related can this be reduced with diet - he...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...First of all find out the following:1- His LDL and HDL levels and triglycerides2- His liver functions and hep a,b,c tests3- His HIV medications and other medications4- His list of foods that he eats in a normal day5- Any exercise?6- Any alcohol... Read more »

Chilli foods

When taking Truvada and Stocrin is eating hot chilli foods good for health? It can be adding chilli as a spice? Does chilli help while on the above ARV types?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Hello,I don't believe there's any issues with taking chili with HIV medications, nor is there any particular benefit (other than taste).BY Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Food and Drug Administration Grants Priority Status for HIV Drug Fuzeon

...combination with other antiretrovirals, reduced viral loads in HIV patients, including those whose virus was resistant to other HIV drugs. With the priority designation, the FDA is expected to take action on the application by March 16, Roche... Read more »

Starting Anti-HIV Medications

...the immune system. Drug resistance: HIV can mutate (change form). The altered HIV can multiply even in the presence of anti-HIV medications that would normally kill the virus. One or more drugs in a treatment regimen may become ineffective as... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

...conditions can all cause problems in the gut. HIV The gut is the site of hidden reservoirs (pockets) of HIV, even if you take HIV drugs. HIV causes damage to the lining of the intestines as it infects the many immune cells present there.... Read more »
The Well Project

Side Effects of HIV Drugs

... Table of Contents Side Effects and HIV Drugs Being Informed About Side Effects Helps Women and Side Effects Taking Care of Yourself Side Effects and HIV Drugs Read more »
Connect With Others


Posted by hopefulone, 2 Replies
is it possible for doing too much exercise to advance the virus? exercise is a good thing in general, but is there too much? Read more »

PLS read this story, so confused!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...that : First i am living in Hongkong!!! I need some more clear explaination why I am worried about getting HIV from sharing FOOD! In HONGKONG or ASIA, people share food mean that you take food from the communal plate by your chopstick and put... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
...side effects of the drugs. They have been able to boost the immune system when the medications could not. With or without HIV medications, there ARE millions of people around the world using nutrition and alternative and complementary therapies... Read more »

One Pill a Day?

Posted by Survivor, 2 Replies
...One-pill HIV regimen submitted for FDA review Gilead Sciences and Bristol-Myers Squibb on Thursday submitted for review to the Food and Drug Administration their once-daily anti-HIV pill that contains a full three-drug regimen. The tablet... Read more »