Answer to a question from a reader

Do I have to take my ARVs at exactly the same time every day?

The short answer

Not really. Changing the time you take them by several hours is nothing to worry about.

The long answer

Thank you for your email asking if you need to take your antiretrovirals (ARVs) at the same time, or whether it would be okay to take them at any time as long as it was still nighttime.

Many years ago with the older antiretroviral combinations doctors advised patients take their medicines on time everyday.

Now the medicines are much better and much more forgiving. There is nothing to worry about if you deviate from the time you take them by several hours. Even occasionally missing a dose completely is okay, but try not to make a habit of it.

Wishing you the best,

Answered on Feb. 23, 2024, 10:29 a.m.

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