Risky Combinations

There are many possible interactions between recreational drugs (including alcohol) and your HIV medication.

A lot is not fully understood about the different possible interactions but we do know that they can often cause serious complications, and sometimes fatal overdoses, as one drug acts with another to increase its levels in your blood.

The risk of an interaction could be higher when someone has just started to take HIV medication. In these first weeks and months the body is getting used to processing them, so adding a recreational drug at this time could have added risks.

This is an introduction to the most common interactions known but it is by no means exhaustive. If you have any concerns you should talk to your HIV doctor who can talk through the risks with you.