Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  Breaking News: FDA Approves Triumeq, New Once-Daily Combination Pill
   
Ask the Experts About

Managing Side Effects of HIV TreatmentManaging Side Effects of HIV Treatment
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Too many drugs?
Oct 27, 2009

Fortunately, I haven't had to start HIV meds yet. I'm considering starting those meds after all the info I've read about better results when starting at higher CD-4.

I have question about all the meds I will be taking. My genotype says I can't take the Atripla pill, so I'll have to take 3 pills a day when I do start. Besides that, I take 4- Lorcet 10/650 a day following back surgery and chronic back pain. I take 1 and a half Xanax a day for really bad panic attacks. I'm taking 120mg of Cymbalta. I also take 50mg of Atenolol. My doc says a baby aspirin wouldn't hurt as well and some vitamins. Oh, possibly a statin too in the future. I'm 33 yrs old.

I hope the Cymbalta eventually works and I can stop the Xanax. It all seems like a lot of meds to me. I've always been afraid of taking too many meds. However, I know people like my mom take what seems like 20 different meds.

Is there anything to be worried about with taking all this as long as I take as prescribed?

Thanks so much!

Response from Dr. Henry

Depending on results of resistance testing you likely would be starting on a boosted protease inhibitor based regimen + 2NRTIs. The boosted protease inhibitor may interact with the xanax so the dose of xanax may need to be decreased significantly or at least monitored. The same is true for the Cymbalta. Other meds should generally be OK. Those drugs can often be taken safely together with careful monitoring and proper dose adjustments. KH



Previous
Symptoms associated with long-term HIV
Next
STOPPING STOCRIN BEFORE OR ON DISCOVERING PREGNANCY

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement