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Alcohol And Resistance To Antiretrovirals

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Maraviroc (Selzentry, Celsentri)

What Is Maraviroc? Who Should Take It? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Maraviroc Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does It React With OtherDrugs? The Bottom Line What Is Maraviroc? Maraviroc (Selzentry in the US and Celsentri elsewhere) was formerly known as UK 427,857. It is a drug used for antiretroviral therapy. It is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Maraviroc is the first "attachment inhibitor" drug. When HIV...
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Alcohol and antiretroviral therapy

Hi, Does excessive or little use of alcohol each day affect ART for HIV positive people?...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Thanks for writing. It is generally considered that one alcoholic drink per day is safe for persons on antiretroviral therapy. Obviously, if you have a risk for addictive behavior any mood-altering substance should be used with great caution.Take... Read more »

Alcohol and Resistance

I have been on ART for not more than a month now and my body has responded very well to the therapy,gained 3kgs, no longer have drowsy spells and my chest seems to have cleared. I used to drink alcohol before, will continued intake of alcohol affect...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
Moderate alcohol use is not prohibited for people living with HIV who are on ART.As your question suggests, the problem with alcohol or drug use with HIV medications is the increased risk of impaired judgement and lapses in adherence when these... Read more »


Dear Dr. Little:I am an excessive drinker but am faithful to taking my medication. Currently on ziagen,epivir,and sustiva. Are there risks in developing resistance while consuming alcohol with the medicines....
Susan Little, M.D.

Response from Susan Little, M.D.

University of California San Diego
The greatest risk that I am aware of is related to missing doses of meds (which it sounds like you are not doing), or in the setting of complications of alcohol (such as pancreatitis - an inflammation of the pancreas not uncommon in people who... Read more »

Alcohol and HARRT

I was hospitalized for 40 days last year after a diagnosis of PCP pneumonia and HIV/AIDS. Nearly died. I've since been on HARRT (Combivir & Sustiva) supplimented by Mepron to ward off the PCP pneumonia.My doctors should take me off Mepron...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Thank you for your post.It is difficult to say what direct effect alcohol use may have on your antiretroviral medications. While there may not be any direct interactions with the medications you are on, there would be concerns of increasing... Read more »
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Resisting Resistance - A Story

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
Personal Perspective: Resisting Resistance

By Matt Sharp

Spring 2006

In a little over four months I will turn fifty. When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 I never dreamed I'd reach forty. I've survived a long battle with HIV, and it has not been... Read more »

Alcohol Consumption and HIV+

Posted by PozInOrlando, 4 Replies
I like to drink. Not a lot or to excess, usually 2 beers after work to relax and when I go out, I'll do a couple shots with buddies but I wont drink to the point of total inebriation or to the point where I cannot drive. I've actually become quite... Read more »

Alcohol Use and Testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I haven't found much information on significant or regular alcohol use and how it potentially effects the accuracy of a 12 week test. Does anyone know if it effects the 12 weeks? Read more »

HIV, alcohol and patience.

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I am so worried about being impatient about everthing! I drink alcohol daily and take sustiva and combivir.
Will alcohol and also zoloft for depression interact with the alcohol??? I work the afternoon shift and find it hard to get out of bed. HELP! Read more »