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Author Topic: Atripla - Supplements to compliment  (Read 7715 times)

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Atripla - Supplements to compliment
« on: May 17, 2009, 10:42:04 AM »

firstly i apologies if this has been asked before.

I'm based in the UK and currently taking Atripla and Omega 3. I want to start taking more to compliment this but not to overdo the amount of tablets i would be taking.

Are there 2 or so obvious vitamins that i could add to this or a good multi vitamin. I'm aware that there are things that should be avoided but i find the whole thing a mind field  ??? ???

many thanks

Offline JustJoe

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Re: Atripla - Supplements to compliment
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009, 09:58:45 PM »
I take everyday........

1 Atripla at bedtime.

Every morning after breakfast, I take the following supplements......

1 Multivitamin
1 Zinc
1 B-12 2500 mcg
1 Omega 3 Fish Oil 1000 mcg
1 Garlic 1000mcg
2 Echinacea Capsules

I just started taking the B-12 in the past couple months to help with my CD4 count and I'll know next month how it has worked.

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Re: Atripla - Supplements to compliment
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009, 11:21:30 PM »
But doesn't Garlic reduce the effectiveness of NNRTI's?

"Taking garlic along with some medications used for HIV/AIDS might decrease the effectiveness of some medications used for HIV/AIDS." (Source: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-300-GARLIC.aspx?activeIngredientId=300&activeIngredientName=GARLIC&source=3)

More info: http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/1667_14733.shtml

Offline Luke

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Re: Atripla - Supplements to compliment
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2009, 03:16:09 AM »
Unless you have any identified deficiencies / problems, an Omega 3 supplement plus any high street A to Z multivitamin & mineral pill should give you a perfectly adequate and harmless support platform.

If you really want to add garlic, try to eat it raw or cook with it. Not only are supplements far less effective; but, as GNYC09 has already highlighted, garlic supplements can have problematic interactions with some drugs. Aidsmap has a good little write-up on garlic: http://www.aidsmap.com/cms1315691.aspx

Echinacea is another common supplement which many HIV researchers feel should be avoided.

You may also be interested in the following article highlighting the need for you to sit down and discuss your supplements with your doctor:

One-in-ten patients at large HIV clinics in London are taking complementary or alternative treatments that are potentially dangerous to their health: http://aidsmap.com/en/news/02F89821-F8D2-467C-9318-E6CA5FC87951.asp
« Last Edit: July 13, 2009, 04:14:05 AM by Luke »


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