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sleep problem
Apr 8, 2005

my friend takes viramune and combivir, he also takes effexor 75mg 3 times a day for depression, he takes amphetamine 30mg 3 times a day for ADD then at nite he takes clonazepam 2 mg to help him sleep. He has a hard time going to sleep, and when does sleep it is for 12 to 15 hours at a time. what is the problem, could it be the meds.

Response from Dr. Henry

Sleep disorders are common in the general population without HIV. Stress, overuse of caffeine and other stimulants, underlying psychiatric disease, Sustiva, amphetamines (that drug can have major effect on sleep) all can have a major impact on sleep patterns in different individuals. Your friend's HIV specialist, psychiatrist, and perhaps a sleep disorder specialist may need to advise how to approach the sleep distrurbance. KH



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