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Women and hormones
Mar 9, 2004

I have noticed since starting my most recent HAART Regime (Kaletra, Epivir and Viread) that my moods are more difficult to control. Although life is stressful enough all by itself, I find that two weeks prior to my cycle starting, I get more moody, depressed and edgy. My periods became irregular, so my doc has me taking the pill continuously. Could this be a side effect of the meds and if so what options other than antidepressants do I have? I also try to exercise at least 3x per week. Thank you!

Response from Dr. Henry

Kaletra could alter the levels of estrogen which may impact your menstrual/hormonal cycles +/- the effect from the birth control pill. Your HIV doc would be the best person to assess what your HIV treatment options are based on your past treatment history/drug resistance etc. I sometimes get help from a pharmacist and/or an endocrinologist to try and achieve the best outcome possible. Thyroid abnormalities and other conditions can also aggravate the symptoms you are experiencing. KH

Stop meds after starting early?
<50 x 1yr, declining CD4, asymptomatic

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