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Author Topic: Atripla and Alcohol  (Read 9317 times)

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Offline HarlemHybrid

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Atripla and Alcohol
« on: October 23, 2008, 04:11:51 PM »
Hi guys,

I've been taking atripla for a month now and have had no real side effects.. even the tiredness in the morning is pretty much gone.  I have a question for anyone whos taking atripla...

Do you ever drink at night?  I'd like to resume' a social life and go to a club or bar and want to be able to have a few drinks, but what affect will that have on me when i take my medicine?

Are there any best practices you've found when taking atripla and drinking? (i.e. taking it earlier in the evening, and waiting a few hours before drinking, or drinking a bit earlier in the evening and taking the atripla later?

Please help.. I miss being out lol
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Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Atripla and Alcohol
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2008, 09:24:33 AM »
Harlem -- as long as you drink in moderation, you should have no problem.  I drink a glass of red wine each and every night, and I'm also on meds.

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Re: Atripla and Alcohol
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2008, 07:33:38 PM »
Hey Harlem,

Alcohol potentiates (multiplies) the effects of efavirenz - and vice versa.  Some people take their meds when they have finished drinking for the night.  I am not sure if this has any effect on the hangover.  I do know people who have changed medication because of the limitations on social activities - especially the spontaneous nights out.

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Offline PozitivelySouthern

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Re: Atripla and Alcohol
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2008, 07:24:26 PM »
I have been on Atripla for 2 months. I have recently started socializing again and I had no problems with taking my pill at 8 to 9 PM and going out later and drinking in moderation.
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Offline SoSadTooBad

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Re: Atripla and Alcohol
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2008, 08:43:25 PM »
I have taken Atripla for about 18 months, and sometimes I even wash it down with a cold Coors Light.  It still works fine. 


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