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Suggestions by David Butcher, MD
Medical Director, Kansas City Free Health Clinic, Kansas City, MO

The following information is abstracted from "The Norvir Switch" by Mark Schoofs.

Like most physicians, Butcher also dispenses practical tips to avoid liquid ritonavir's terrible taste, from mixing it with chocolate milk, to coating the tongue with peanut butter, to using a syringe to squirt it down the back of the throat and bypass the tase buds altogether. Butcher says that handing out Ensure and a list of tips to mask Norvir's taste is the equivalent of prescribing Imodium to control GI side effects: Both are tangible, effective tools to cope with discomfort, and both give patients the sense they are being cared for, that they are not in this alone.

Posted 8/28/98

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