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HIV: are folic acid and vitamin B6 helpful?
May 2007
"If a patient is HIV-positive and is receiving antiviral therapy, is there any harm or advantage in supplementing with folic acid or vitamin B6?" inquires A.A. DANIAL, MD, of Edmonton, AB.
Folic acid and vitamin B6 are relatively free of interactions with commonly used antiretroviral drugs. The major concern with the use of folic acid has been the masking of pernicious anemia, an unlikely problem in this setting. MR
(see our infectious diseases specialist's response to this question in the infection category)
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