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Memory loss/aggresion
Oct 26, 2005

My partner has been responding well to his drugs and is in good health on Strochrin, Emitrva and Viread. He has always been caring and loving person, but last night he lost it and began hitting me. Only when I smashed a glass against the wall in defence did he snap out of this trance. Can we expect this regualarly or is it a one off? Is the medication to blame as he has never been a violent person (his family attest to this as do I)? Is this a side effect of the medication (complicated with a lot of work related stress - he hates his job but we are moving to Copenhagen from Luxembourg as a solution to this problem, so maybe stress release?) All I know is I can not live in a viloent relationship and if this continues must find a way out

Response from Dr. Henry

Sustiva can aggravate or induce mental health problems in some patients. Underlying mental health problems, chemical dependency issues, HIV-related brain involvement can also cause or contribute to behavioral problems. He should consider seeing a psychiatrist/psychologist as well as discuss with his HIV specialist.KH

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