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Hiv meds and high blood pressure meds
Jun 16, 2004

Which high blood pressure meds works best with hiv meds?I am presently taking Kaletra, Viread, and Videx EC. I recently suffered severe side affects while taking the blood pressure medication Norvasc, a calcium blocker, with my present hiv meds. Vaseretic controls my blood pressure but I seem to suffer sexual side affects with this ace inhibitor. Has any one class of blood pressure med been found to work best with hiv meds?

Response from Dr. Henry

Great question on an important topic. Good drug interaction studies addressing your issue are still few in number. I have had reasonable good luck with hydroclorothiazide and a B blocker. Calcium channel blockers need to be used very carefully. You may want to try a different ACE inhibitor. Sexual side effects are a fairly common problem with many anti-hypertensives so there is a trial and error approach that if often required to find the right drugs for individual patients. KH

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