Is It Ok To Drink Alcohol With HIV Meds

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Effect of alcohol on efficacy of HIV meds &on disease progression

I have AIDS. I have not had alcohol since my diagnosis 8 months ago, at which time I began taking HEART meds. Would it be okay to have one glass of wine with dinner every 2-4 weeks? Even if the risks to my health are low w/ 1-2 glasses a month, what...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine AIDS-related infections. A weaker immune system also increases the chance that you will experience side effects from your HIV medications. The organ in your body that alcohol affects most is your liver. The liver clears waste from chemicals... Read more »

Alchohol consumption

Couldn't find an appropriate forum. Hope this one is close enough. Question is "Can I have an occasional alcoholic drink, like a beer, if I am HIV positive and not yet on meds?" Any ill effects on my immune system as it battles the HIV?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Yes, an occasional drink of alcohol is ok. BY Read more »

how much alcohol can we drink?

Dr. Bob, Since you are also positive- i was wondering how much alcohol is safe to drink with taking medications? Can you have 4 beers a day once a while or some red bull vodka or some fine wine? What do you do? is it okay?Ben
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi Ben,If your liver in good shape, alcohol in moderation is generally not a problem with HIV medications. Check with your HIV specialist. He has all your laboratory results, including liver function studies, and knows Read more »

Specific alcohol question -- NOT toxicity, adherence, or safe sex

Everything I've read on this forum seems to indicate that moderate (1-2 drinks) alcohol consumption is OK with HIV meds. And that more alcohol means more problems with adherence, safe sex, and, especially, liver/pancreas toxicity. But NOWHERE have I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is no data that clearly indicates that moderate alcohol use directly impairs the activity of Combivir (the other cautions still apply). KH Read more »
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