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Author Topic: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?  (Read 388 times)

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Offline fabio

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Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:05:34 am »
I had some testing today, and sommelier stuff. Does it mess up the liver and all that?
Also do you guys drink? And if so,what's your fav drink/cocktail? Mine are pins colada and mijitos haha.

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 10:20:41 am »
Moderation.

Look having a drink in moderation is not an issue. Its not going to impact your ART meds. Enjoy life, have a drink if that is your thing.  ;)

Personally I'm sober so I don't drink anymore.
The bigger issue with drinking is when people drink excessively or engough to start skipping meds and long term impact of excessive alcohol consumption on the human body

Jim

https://www.poz.com/article/alcohol-buzz-27115-1109
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https://www.poz.com/article/even-one-two-drinks-day-can-harmful-people-hiv
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Offline fabio

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 10:36:49 am »
I don't drink either,because I don't really see the point of having something that will completely dry your insides. In which case pina coladas can be made virgin.
I would just think the pressure the meds put on the liver,would be too much if you had alcohol too.
Of course I haven't seen anyone being "ok" with alcohol.
Thanks anyways.

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2019, 10:41:43 am »
Its not an issue for you than.  :)

Look your labs keep an eye on your liver. The odd drink in moderation is not an issue, unless you have some pre-existing unrelated issue.

On a wider note HIV and the medication is highly manageable. Because of your HIV status you are getting routine health checks every 6 months that otherwise people in the population simply do not get, including checks on BP, Kidney function, Liver , Cholesterol, etc etc .

So less stressing about things  ;)
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Offline fabio

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 10:53:39 am »
Plus the check ups are free and I don't have to plan them with an appointment 😁.

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2019, 11:04:58 am »
Yup, same for me but were in the VIP club on that one.
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Offline fabio

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 02:00:01 pm »
Well the bad thing is that I have to wait in the hall of shame for an hour haha.

Offline Loa111

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 09:57:45 am »
I used to drink like a fish! Was very fond of boozy nightlife.
Gave drink up years ago, best move I ever made. :-)

Offline fabio

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 11:17:15 am »
Personally I never was a drinker. In general nightlife and booze seem pointless.
I love coffee though.

Offline Mightysure

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2019, 01:49:34 pm »
Not physiologically. If that was the case, your doctor or pharmacist would have warned you about it as alcohol is commonly used.

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2019, 02:49:56 pm »
I'm not a big drinker but I do enjoy a few beers or some wine with friends. I have been poz for 11 years and my drinking has had no effect on my health...Perfect adherence, undetectable, high CD4, no liver problems.
5/29/08 confirmed HIV+
6/23/08 Vl 47500  CD4 511/29% CD8 .60
start atripla
8/1/08 Vl 130  CD4 667/31% CD8 .70
9/18/08 Vl un  CD4 not tested
12/19/08 Vl un CD4 723/32% CD8 .80
4/3/09 Vl un CD4 615/36% CD8  .98
8/7/09 vl un CD4 689/35% CD8 .9
12/11/09 vl un CD4 712/38% CD8 .89
4/9/10 vl un CD4 796/39% CD8 1.0
8/20/10 vl un CD4 787/38% CD8 1.0
4/6/10 vl un CD4 865/35% CD8 .9
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5/2/10 vl un CD4 1040/39% CD8 .9
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11/29/18 vl un CD4 1080/39% CD8  .86

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2019, 08:41:28 pm »
having had liquid norvir, which was part ethanol, i find it delightfully decadent every time I wash down my meds with margaritas, Coronas or a Bud Lite Orange.
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Offline fabio

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #12 on: Yesterday at 11:53:27 am »
I tried margaritas and the slushie version and it was awful hahah.

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Re: Does alcohol interfere with antiretroviral therapy?
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 07:24:03 pm »
the slushie version and it was awful
the slushie version is awful ;)

it's gotta be on the rocks, with salt on the glass rim
leatherman (aka mIkIE)

There's no rain, there's no storm, though the blue sky makes you wonder
Don't you fear what will come will come
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Today the sun's on us
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