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Septrin and Sleeping Pills Any Known Drug Interactions?

Jul 20, 2011

I've recently be diagnosed with HIV and was in hospital with PCP. I'm out and on a course of septrin, prednisolone and fluconazole. I'm also taking an antihistamine to manage a mild allergic reaction.

My problem is I can't sleep. I'm averaging 2-3 hours a night and I was wondering if it would be ok to take an over the counter medicine like Nytol with all the prescription medication.

The earliest GP appointment I could make is for Friday but I don't think I can last that long on 2 hours sleep a night.

Any advice you could give me would be much appreciated even though my question isn't really about HIV meds.

Thank you


Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

Sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. It's likely that the prednisone that your taking is causing the insomnia- so hopefully that will improve as the dose decreases.

There aren't any significant drug-drug interactions between TMP/SMX (Bactrim, Septra), fluconazole and your over-the-counter medications.

You should be beginning a discussion with your health care provider about starting HIV medications.

Be well, BY

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