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Can I Drink Alcohol With Combivir And Viramune

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An Overview of Combivir (AZT/3TC)

la-MI-vyoo-deen, zye-DOE-vyoo-deen --> Brand Name: Combivir Other Name(s): 3TC/ZDV Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Combivir can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include blood disorders (including severe anemia), lactic acidosis (a buildup of acid in the blood), liver problems, and muscle disorders. Contact your health care...
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Combivir and Viramune

I have been taken Combivir and Viramune for almost five years with excellent results (constant undetectable viral load and high CD4 around 400) but I am worried about the liver toxicity and long term side effects from Viramune even though my liver...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.All treatment regimens carry the risk of toxicities-- the trick is avoid them when starting and to monitor for toxicities throughout the course of treatment. Persons who take nevirapine, especially those who start with higher... Read more »

Alcohol and Combivir

I'm on my 11th day of a PEP regimen -- Combivir, twice a day, 28 days. The first pill was taken approximately 44 hours after a potentially unsafe sexual encounter. I've never missed a dose (though one dose on the fourth day was four hours...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
You are right that the primary concern is an additive toxic effect on the liver or pancreas. Diet recommendations are generally based on studies that looked at drug levels and "area under the curve" for drug effectiveness using meals and... Read more »

Combivir and Viramune

I have recently started taking Combivir and Viramune after three years on Combivir (formerly AZT and Epivir) and Crixivan. I did this because after three years I was extremely tired of the food restrictions and the three a day dosing of the Crix. My...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
While what you mention was a theoretical worry, the clinical studies of this approach have been very reassuring that it works. Even if we beat up on just one enzyme - it can be enough. And durable. And successful. And indeed, regular pill taking... Read more »


I am been taken Viramune/ combivir twice a day for three month no complications and doing well, in the long run how effective is this convination? ...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
It should be very effective long-term. Our medical team has several patients that have been on this combination for more than 5 years with no signs of toxicity or viral breakthrough. There have been no long term comparative trials of... Read more »
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RED WINE with Truvada / Viramune

Posted by Augustus, 1 Reply
I am on about day 45 of this regimen, my first. Reached undetectable under 30 days, will see doc again on September 7, 6 days away. I have to do labs prior to going, and I gave in to temptation and had two glasses of wine the past three days.

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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 »

Is beers drinking like PEP?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Could it possible that alcohol drinking is like PEP? Could it delay seroconversion to drink beers every night? If so, should HIV+ people drink beers until the virus is dead in their bodies? Maybe I have the cure for HIV? BEERS DRINKING? Thank you... Read more »

HIV and drinking

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I am so depressed and am drinking large amounts of alcohol. I am at wits end and also have severe back pain.
Is it true that alcohol speeds HIV to AIDS?? Read more »