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sleeplessness and pain
Oct 22, 2003

i am on nevirapine and combivir and am suffering from angina and sleeplessness from the meds, my doc will not give me sleepers so that i can get some rest and depression has now set in. i started the meds at cd4=7 with vl=3 million and am plagued with bacterial infections and suffering abdo pains no-one is dealing with these pains or testing me to find out what the are. i have been told that they are pancreatitis and gastritis without tests now my doc says they could be from the meds, what can i do,

Response from Dr. Henry

Some of the drugs I use to help patients sleep (such as trazadone or amitryptiline) are also anti-depressants which are safe to use with your meds and might be a consideration. A good evaluation and some basic blood tests (liver and pancreatic enzymes) is key to determine what could be causing your abdominal complaints. KH

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