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Prescription side effects
May 14, 2006

A good friend of mine is HIV positive and has a history of drug abuse. I have agreed to help him if he does not start abusing prescription or non prescription drugs. He recently started a new round of HIV drugs and showed up at my house with slurred speech, droopy eyes etc. appeared to be impaired by drugs or alcohol. He has been prescribed Halcion, adavan, xanax and I confronted him about abuse of those drugs. My question to you is, is there any HIV drugs that would cause these side effects? Should he be taking adavan, xanax and Halcion on a regular basis?

Response from Dr. Henry

Certainly the prescription drugs you mentioned can cause the side effects you described. If he is now on Sustiva as one of his HIV meds the central nervous side effects may be further pronounced. Also, some of the other HIV medications interfere with the body's ability to clear medications so side effects can be magnified. His HIV provider and pharmacist generally would review all of medications for interactions of concern. KH

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