|Atripla depression or me
Mar 28, 2009
I was on various anti depressants for about 15 years. I eventually stopped the anti depressants and felt fine enough without them for about 2 years. I just recently started taking atripla and feel depressed and sad again. However, I really can't say it's the drug since circustances in my life have turned. Having to take medication in itself brought me to full realization that I have HIV. I was in denial previously and believed I would be one of those few that would have good numbers eternally. Also I recently lost my job and went through a break up. Should i stay on the atripla and just get on anti depressants again? Do depression side effects like other side effects subside over time on atripla?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Good question. Some patients taking Atripla will have underlying depression unmasked or flare up due to the efavirenz. Some of the alternative HIV regimens (such as a boosted protease inhibitor or raltegravir) do not seem to have as much a problem in that regard as efavirenz so a switch is a consideration depending on resistance status/past treatment history. A mental health evaluation and use of a previously helpful or new anti-depressant is often helfpul in this setting usually allowing a patients to continue Atripla. KH
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