Ask POZ : I'm supposed to take my HIV meds with food, but sometimes I don't. Is that a problem?

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Newsfeed » Ask POZ

POZ Exclusives

Positive Proof

Why Is HIV So Devastating Among Southern Black Women?

The 2016 Hepatitis C Drug Approval Outlook

» More

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

20 Years Ago In POZ


January 1, 2014

I'm supposed to take my HIV meds with food, but sometimes I don't. Is that a problem?

Stuart Federman
Stuart Federman
Stuart D. Federman, PharmD, AAHIVP
Gateway Apothecary
Saint Louis, MO

Some medications need to be taken with food, while others need to be taken on an empty stomach. If you’re taking Edurant (rilpivirine, a component of Complera), for example, it needs to have acid in your stomach to get fully absorbed. Otherwise, the dosage would be sporadic and could lead to failure with resistance. On the other hand, Sustiva (efavirenz, a component of Atripla) needs to be taken on an empty stomach. It’s absorbed at higher levels with fatty meals, which can cause extra side effects. If you have specific questions about whether you should take your meds with or without food, talk to your pharmacist.

Search: food, Edurant, rilpivirine, Complera, Sustiva, efavirenz, Atripla

[ Go to top ]
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!

[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.