Can I take Viagra with Antiretrovirals (ARVs) for HIV?

Yes

...but certain ARVs can have interactions with Viagra

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Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Talk to your Doctor About Taking Viagra if You Are on ARVs

Generally, it is safe to take Viagra with ARVs. However, problems can occur for patients taking certain HIV medications.

In order to avoid potentially dangerous drug interactions, it is always important to tell your doctor what medications you’re currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following HIV medications: ritonavir (Norvir), indinavir sulfate (Crixivan), saquinavir (Fortovase or Invirase), or atazanavir sulfate (Reyataz). Depending on which of the aforementioned ARVs you are taking, your doctor may decrease your Viagra dosage or recommend you only take Viagra every other day.

Important Safety Information

If you’re on ARVs, talk to your doctor about how Viagra may affect you. Always follow your doctor’s dosing instructions. Viagra isn’t safe for everyone, individuals on nitrates for certain heart conditions or riociguat for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension cannot take Viagra. Individuals on certain drugs, like ARVs, or who have certain health conditions, like liver or kidney disease, may need a smaller dose to take Viagra safely. To learn more, see IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION about Viagra.

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