Worth the Effort
Smarts and dedication got him through it
Steven Mulholland, who’s lived with HIV for twenty years, has managed to tackle both HIV and his GI problems, but found it took some trial and error. He used to take Zantac, and says, “I was seeing a GI specialist who was knowledgeable about possible interactions (with HIV meds), so I think that made a difference in choice of drugs.” However, even though Mulholland felt intuitively that he shouldn’t take OTC Zantac with his prescription gastric inhibitor, Prevacid, his HIV doc never asked him about it or cautioned him not to. “I really think he should have,” he adds.
But Mulholland didn’t give up. “I’m on Prevacid [now] because it seems to have the longest-acting effect for me,” he says. And he made sure that none of his stomach meds would be, “particularly problematic with my HIV meds. I was on two PIs (Kaletra then Lexiva) that worked well with my stomach pills.”