Can I take meds for pneumonia when using ARVs?
Hi, I have tested hiv+a week ago and did my viral load which was really high. I got tribuss right away and started taking it yesterday. I’m not worried about it working but I’m a little anxious about opportunistic infections and have just asked my doctor to prescribe drugs that I can use to protect myself from pneumonia. Is it safe to use these drugs altogether ?
Thanks for getting in touch.
How are you doing with your diagnosis? Are you able to get any support?
You said that your viral load is high – but didn’t include the number. This would help me.
Also, do you know what your CD4 count is? The risk for opportunistic infections is mainly when your CD4 count is under 200. The lower it is now, the higher your risk. However, now you are taking HIV treatment (called ART), your CD4 count should also get higher again.
You’ve asked if you can take medication that’s used to treat pneumonia.
Have you been given a double antibiotic called sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim? It is also sometimes called Bactrim or Septrin? If you have, then yes this is safe to use with the Atrozia. If this isn’t what you’ve been given, what’s the name?
As you’re new to ARVs, you may find the following links helpful: