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Do You Actually Know How To Take Your HIV Medication?

Do You Actually Know How To Take Your HIV Medication?

Have you ever read the pamphlet on your medications?
Some medications you can just take them without food.
Other medications you have to take them with food.
for the medications that you have to take with food do you know what kind of food you have to eat to make that drug work at its maximum?
Did you know that some HIV medications work better when you eat fatty foods?
It's important to read those pamphlets that come with the medications then you know how to actually take your medications.

A myHIVteam Member said:

For instance instead of drinking water with that pill at dinner time or breakfast drink a glass of whole milk. There's enough fat and whole milk that will make that pill work better.

posted 9 months ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

May be taken with or without food.
Abacavir (Ziagen)
Emtricitabine (Emtriva)
Lamivudine (Epivir)
Biktarvy (Bictegravir, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir Alafenamide)
Delstrigo (Doravirine, Lamivudine, Tenofovir Disoproxil)
Descovy (Tenofovir Alafenamide and Emtricitabine combined)
Kivexa (Lamivudine and Abacavir combined)
Triumeq (Dolutegravir, Abacavir and Lamivudine combined)
Trizivir (Zidovudine, Lamivudine and Abacavir combined)
Doravirine (Pifeltro)
Nevirapine (Viramune and Viramune prolonged-release)
Fosamprenavir (Telzir) (usually taken with ritonavir)
Lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra)
Maraviroc (Celsentri)
Raltegravir (Isentress)

May be taken with or without food, though taking with food may reduce nausea.
Zidovudine (Retrovir)
Lamivudine and Zidovudine (Combivir)

May be taken with or without food. If you have some resistance to integrase inhibitors, you will be asked to take it with food.
Dolutegravir (Tivicay)

Take with food.
Tenofovir Disoproxil (Viread)
Eviplera (Rilpivirine, Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil combined)
Genvoya (Elvitegravir, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir Alafenamide and Cobicistat, a boosting agent)
Odefsey (Rilpivirine, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir Disoproxil)
Stribild (Elvitegravir, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir Disoproxil and Cobicistat, a boosting agent)
Symtuza (Darunavir, Cobicistat, Emtricitabine, Tenofovir Alafenamide)

Take with a meal.
Juluca (Dolutegravir and Rilpivirine)
Rilpivirine (Edurant)

Take with or after food (within two hours after a main meal or within half an hour after a snack).
Etravirine (Intelence)
Atazanavir (Reyataz) (taken with a booster dose of Ritonavir or Cobicistat)

Take with or after food (within half an hour after a meal).
Darunavir (Prezista) (always taken with a booster dose of Ritonavir or Cobicistat)
Truvada (Tenofovir Disoproxil and Emtricitabine combined)

Take with or after food to reduce the incidence of side-effects.
Tipranavir (Aptivus) (must be taken with Ritonavir)

May be taken with or after food, but taking with a fatty meal minimises the risk of nausea (this is less of a problem with the low dose [100mg] of Ritonavir taken as a booster for other protease inhibitors).
Ritonavir (Norvir)

Administered by injection. No food restrictions.
Enfuvirtide (Fuzeon)

Take on an empty stomach (preferably at bedtime), to reduce the incidence of side-effects (particularly avoid taking it soon after a high-fat meal as this increases the risk of side-effects).
Atripla (Efavirenz, Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil combined)
Efavirenz (Sustiva)

posted 9 months ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

Go to rxlist.com and it has all the new side affects not in the pamphlets and when you should take it and yes my biktarvy over 30 new side affects and my id doctor didn't know about them many law suits on alot of the drugs it was my back surgeon told me my hiv drugs caused my bone and neuro problems.

posted 9 months ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

Yes PLEASE read your literature a kit your medication! Knowing what may be the side effects will certainly make it easier to diagnose! Great Article it appears that Europe may be a bit more advanced with experiments for PREP!

posted 7 months ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

I Check With My Primary And She Tells Me If I Should Or Not...So far I Can Take All Of My Meds (and my HIV meds) with or without food.

posted 9 months ago
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