Holy Hangover, Batman!

OK, so I admit it, at times I forget that my frat boy, college days are well behind me. I'm not that same boy who would drink Jack Daniels just as easily as water (and did it on a fairly regular basis). But there are nights I still like to go out and have a few drinks and at least reminisce about the glory days at Hugh's Jungle Room (a biker/karaoke bar in Des Moines). Last night was one of those nights. I was out having a drink ... or several drinks ... and enjoying some local drag. I brought my TRUVADA with me since I have begun to take it at 10:30 at night and want to remain consistent with that choice. At 10:30 I took the medication and carried on with the rest of my night, not thinking too much of it since I read every piece of information that came with my medication, and nowhere in any of the information did I see any warning about interaction with alcohol.

Then this morning hit and so did my hangover! I have had hangovers before, oddly they have become more prevalent as I get older ... But I digress, NEVER have I experienced a hangover like this. And I thought I was being good last night, comparatively. What I failed to take into account is that my liver is already working overtime now that I have started taking PrEP, and I just demanded even more of it last night. My body was not pleased with me. While there wasn't really an interaction with the alcohol, there was more to consider every time I said "yes" to a shot that I didn't even think about.

So here I am, in bed still, at 3:45 in the afternoon nursing this awful hangover, and realizing I might need to take it a bit easier. I'm asking a lot of my body already, I don't need to be that much harder on it. Live and learn, and now I know. And in the heroic words of G.I. Joe, "Knowing's half the battle." Thanks for taking the time to read. I've got some more posts on tap, but I though this was also something worth sharing. Feel free to follow me and share this with anyone you think would be interested. Also please feel free to add a comment below. What would you like to see me write about? Have you had similar experiences? Any questions or comments are very welcome.

[Editor's note: This blog was originally written on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, Phil Gill's fourth day taking PrEP for HIV prevention.]

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