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Author Topic: alchohol and hiv meds.  (Read 2640 times)

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Offline egello

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alchohol and hiv meds.
« on: March 14, 2007, 02:25:01 AM »
ok, is three bottle of beer on a weekend night ok to drink when on Haart?
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Offline Ant

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Re: alchohol and hiv meds.
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2007, 05:31:26 AM »
Hi Egello

As far as I know the odd drink ain't gonna hurt you, but as with anyone, it will put additional strain on your liver. Talk to your Doc who may have more facts. I personally cannot drink much now I am on HAART because I get a bad hangover.

« Last Edit: March 14, 2007, 02:55:07 PM by Ant »
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: alchohol and hiv meds.
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007, 07:37:11 AM »
ok, is three bottle of beer on a weekend night ok to drink when on Haart?

That all depends on how many shots of tequila or Jack Daniels you include with those beers. Can you limit yourself to that amount ?

I only have a few drinks a year, and thats around the holidays. For me, Alchohol and the meds just don't mix, anymore. It wipes me out.

Just be responsible, and use common sense, which isn't always going to happen when someone drinks but hey.....


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« Last Edit: March 14, 2007, 08:15:46 AM by J.R.E. »
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Offline JPinLA

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Re: alchohol and hiv meds.
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007, 11:26:48 AM »
Hi there!  I just started Truvada/Viramune about  a week ago. I was a pretty tolerant drinker (i.e. I could drink plenty without much hangover the next day).  Well, the night before last I had 3 margaritas and boy did I have one hell of headache yesterday.  I think the meds might have something to do with it...

Like everyone says, everything in moderation..
11/06 - Diagnosed - VL/5784 & CD4 326
2/07 - VL/6000 & CD4 290 2/07
3//07 -Began Truvada/Viramune 
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Offline SouthSam7

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Re: alchohol and hiv meds.
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2007, 11:33:19 AM »
I love my beer and wine.  I started a statin (cholesterol drug) about a week ago and it says to watch the alcohol.  I also take norvir.  I felt like sh*t the next day and I still don't feel right.  I normally have one or two glasses of wine a night, but since last week I haven't had any- it hasn't sounded good to me since I started feeling sick.  I'm not sure if it's because i'm on a new medicine (the statin) or if it's due to the alcohol.  I would reduce my alcohol consumption if I were you.  Sorry!

Offline newt

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Re: alchohol and hiv meds.
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2007, 01:48:32 PM »
In principle yes

For one, it won;t affect the meds working, however it might give you the squits, that's kinda personal on how you react

Whether or not you can drink on meds is really variable, me, personally can polish off a bottle or red wine, and while this does make my eyes yellowy in the morning, two bottles and they're clear, but then I know peeps who if they so much as look at a beer throw up and get a rash, cramps etc. 

Cholesterol and liver enzymes are important, and it is worth watching if these go up if you drink, cos most times laying off the booze is a plus factor for bringing them down.

Then again, being relaxed, happy and having fun reduces stress, is kinda normal, and feeling normal even for an hour or two is v important with HIV, so there may be benefits to a beer or two of a Friday evening.

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