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Low dose depression meds

Dec 21, 2013

Hi, Ive been pos a while with a history if Cryto Men. in 2005. Ive experienced some cognitive issues and diagnosed with major depression disorder. The doc at the VA gave me a low dose depressant Venlafaxine which seems to help a little. I have also had depression for most of my life due to life situations. My viral is zero and cd4 at 715 so Im stable but have a parotid gland disorder that causes me some stress. I have been to many mental health counseling sessions but have nit benefitted as much as I would like to. Stress at home has caused me to shut down somewhat. I do stay busy writing blogs for companies and have a history of wor as a US Marine and electrician so my mindset is work work work even though now I am on disability. Im wondering if there is something I can expect from these meds and what is the best way to administer them? Thanks Dave

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Serious mental illnesses are common among our communities and can impact adherence to HIV medications and quality of life. It's good to know that your connected to mental health care and have started on venlafaxine.

Depression medications like this can be very helpful for people with mood issues. Usually, we start with low doses and gradually increase them to the desired affect.

I hope that is helpful. Stay in touch and feel free to write me back. Abrazos, BY

Response from Dr. Fawcett

Hello and thanks for writing.

Antidepressant medications can be very effective for mood disorders, although it may take a bit of trial and error to find the one that works best for you. Remember that the best outcomes derive from a combination of antidepressant medication along with psychotherapy.

Best wishes,

David Fawcett

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