Is it safe to use alcohol or recreational drugs while you are on antiretroviral therapy?
There is a possibility that antiretroviral medications may interact with alcohol or recreational drugs.
For instance, people on ritonavir should avoid taking ecstasy (also known as MDMA), since there has been one fatal case report with this combination.
However, most of the possible interactions with recreational drugs have not been studied and are unlikely to be studied. Therefore, it is suggested that if you choose to drink alcohol or take recreational drugs, you monitor the effects they have on you by taking a little at a time to see if the effects are stronger or weaker than you are used to.
- Why take antiretrovirals?
- Why is it important to take medications regularly?
- Why do certain drugs have to be taken with food and others taken on an empty stomach?
- What if you have side effects?
- Should you lower your drug dose if you are having side effects?
- Is it safe to take antiretrovirals with other medications?
- Is it safe to use alcohol or recreational drugs while you are on antiretroviral therapy?
- Why should medications be stored under specific conditions?
- What are some suggestions and tips to help make taking medications easier?
- Who should you tell if you are having problems?
- How can you get support and encouragement?