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reducing drug intake
Dec 8, 2005

I take naumetone, sulfazine, relafen & prednisone for r.a. I take risperdal & trazodone for depression. I am recently taking hiv meds sustiva,combivir and septra. How can I reduce these meds? My drug management is controlling my life!

Response from Dr. Henry

Tough question. RA, depression and HIV/AIDS are all very serious conditions that fortunately are sgenerally omewhat treatable. From the HIV perspective it is not possible to reduce the pill burden much below 2-3 pills. If your CD4 count has risen to above 250 then you might possibly be able to stop the Septra. The Combivir could possibly bw switched to Truvada or Epzicom (then your HIV regimen would be 2 pills once a day). Those possibilities need to be discussed with your HIV specialist. KH

I was neg 6 monthsa ago now I am poz
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