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Author Topic: When is a meal a "meal"?  (Read 2607 times)

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Offline lostboy

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When is a meal a "meal"?
« on: July 19, 2007, 04:41:56 AM »

My regime of Ziagen, Epivir, Reyataz and Norvir has been working out well for me. I have been on  it for almost a year and it has brought my VL to undetectable and my CD4s have crept into triple figures. My question is about the 300mg Reyataz boosted with Norvir.  It says that I should take it with food. But what exactly does this mean?  I have no appetite to eat food in the mornings so I take the pills after lunch time.  I have a few questions with regard to this:

1.  How much food do I need to take?  Do I need a  full meal or is a slice of bread o.k.?

2.  Does "with food" mean, in the middle of my meal or after it?

3.  If my work occasionally prevents me from eating before the time I usually take my meds (1:00pm). Is it better to take the pills on an empty stomach or wait until I eat - even if this is a couple of hours later?

Any feedback would be appreciated.


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Re: When is a meal a "meal"?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2007, 07:15:18 AM »
1) with reyataz, you need to eat/drink summat with approx 7g fat for optimal absorption

2) before, during, or after..is up to you

3) if this is an occasional thing, then go ahead & take the meds when you usually do, eat lunch whenever that happens.

hope that helps -

« Last Edit: July 19, 2007, 07:54:36 AM by penguin »

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Re: When is a meal a "meal"?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007, 10:32:45 AM »
Hey Lost,

Kate is right about the fat content of the meal. The idea is to help the body absorb the medication, which it apparently doesn't do as effectively when taken on an empty stomach.

That doesn't mean a seven course dinner, unless that's what you like. But it would be more in line with a hamburger, sandwich with chips, etc. You know, standard luncheon fare.

I agree with Kate that it is better to take your meds more or less on time than skip them and hope to eat later. Occasionally taking them without food should be OK, although I would check with the doc just to be sure.

Reyataz is new ground for me. I took unboosted Crixivan for a long time, switched to Sustiva (not a good idea in my case), and am now starting Reyataz with the Norvir boost. Matter of fact, I am starting today.


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Offline lostboy

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Re: When is a meal a "meal"?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2007, 01:52:45 AM »

Kate & Mark, thanks for the advice.

Mark, good luck with the Reyetaz. So far I haven't had any noticeable side effects - as I mentioned, the only issue for me is having it with a meal.  I hate any kind of routine and never ate at regular hours before.  Of course, this is a small price to pay for a life saving drug, so I can't complain too much. Let us know how it goes for you.


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Re: When is a meal a "meal"?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2007, 09:03:01 AM »

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Re: When is a meal a "meal"?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2007, 02:00:48 PM »
thanks for that info Kate (and the original question). I'm on Reyataz and Norvir too, and often wondered just how much food I should eat. I take my videx ec first thing in the AM, since I don't eat breakfast; and take viramune with the other meds with my dinner. I find I need to eat at least that much or the Norvir will not be kind to me (meaning it'll just get barfed back up, along with the food and other meds). I also find that my Norvir doesn't like some of the more acidic tomato sauces.
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