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Taking Crixivan With Hiv Meds

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HIV Meds and Alcohol

I have been taking HIV medication for almost a year. Being over 21 I also definitely enjoy cocktails. I was wondering how soon after taking my medication is it safe to have a drink...or two? Also, how long BEFORE taking the meds should I not drink.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV-related medications do not have contraindications for alcohol use or dosing restrictions regarding timing of your cosmopolitans. Crixivan is one exception that requires no food (including alcoholic beverages) an hour before or two hours... Read more »

when to start taking meds

My viral load is 27,000 and my cd-4 count is 334 when should I start taking meds? I have a history... Read more »

crixivan, good or bad?

Hi,Firstly, thank you for the amazing work you all do both here and in your jobs. The world needs... Read more »
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Pharmacokinetics

...to measure your drug levels specifically. Basically it measures minimum concentration (Cmin) by drawing blood before morning meds. This will help your doctor to decide if your dose of medication should be changed. Inhibitory Quotient (IQ): The... Read more »
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Viracept

...such as shingles and TB, to a health care provider. Potential drug interactions: Viracept increases levels of Invirase and Crixivan (see Crixivan for potential drug interactions), so dose adjustments may be needed. Do not take with Versed... Read more »
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Rescriptor

...form, or the herb St. John's wort. Do not use Zocor (simvastatin), Vytorin, or Mevacor (lovastatin) cholesterol (lipid) lowering meds; suggested alternatives are Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Lescol (fluvastatin). Liver enzymes should be checked... Read more »
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Crixivan

... Common Name: indinavir sulfate Brand Name: Crixivan Class: HIV protease inhibitor (PI) Standard dose: Rarely used by itself (two 400 mg capsules every eight hours with Read more »
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sustiva vs crixivan

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...everyone!! I am a 36 year old man who has been HIV + for about 12 years. I have been on long term "cocktail therapy" (Crixivan /Combivir) for almost 3 years. My CD4 counts have risen from an all time low of 65 to... Read more »

How are you doing on meds?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...people who have been on meds since their diagnosis (probably within the last four or five years) and have not progressed to AIDS yet, it seems to me that kind of experience will be closer to our situation. Please tell me how you are doing on... Read more »

drug holidays when things are great

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I've been on a combo of Combivir and Crixivan for several years now. Diagnosed in 1990. For the last 4 years, my viral load has been undectable, and my cd4 is between 800 Read more »

is this suicide?

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
i've tried two different regimens. the first was combivir/sustiva...i stayed so sick for eight months that i stopped treatment...in that time my cd4 went from 169 to 299. after four months my dr talked me into trying combivir w/ crixovan/norvir. ... Read more »