Can I Drink Alcohol With When Starting HIV Meds

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Depression Meds With HIV Meds

I was diagnosed with HIV in 2008, but pretty sure I was infected in 2001. I haven't started HIV meds yet due to good numbers. I've been thinking I should start a depression med to deal with depression and anxiety--sometimes I get very bad panic...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
...sounds like your doctor is very much on top of these concerns and that you could find relief from your anxiety. Remember not to drink alcohol while taking Cymbalta because that compounds the stress on your liver. Read more »

Stress Related Side Effects?

Good morning,Firstly, thank you for this wonderful site. For me here in South Africa it has been a... Read more »

Just started Meds

Dear Doc, Just started meds on Sept. 7 (it is now Oct. 7). My wonderful HIV doc started me on... Read more »
The Well Project

Gynecological Problems

...yeast. Nutritionists recommend that you avoid foods containing yeast, sugar, dairy foods, wheat, and caffeine. If you smoke or drink alcohol, you should be aware that alcohol and nicotine can also promote the growth of yeast. Syphilis ... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

... You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive Getting Pregnant Staying Healthy While Pregnant HIV Treatment Options Other Treatments While Pregnant Read more »
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IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...What Are the Symptoms? How Do You Treat IRIS? What Can Help to Ask My Doctor? Special Concerns for People Living With HIV Special Concerns for Women, Children and People Over 50 What Does the Research Show? Commentary ... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS

... Table of Contents Gut Basics The Gut and HIV Diarrhea and HIV Coping With Diarrhea Nausea, Vomiting and Anorexia Gas, Bloating and Heartburn Taking Care of Read more »
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Alcohol and HIV

Posted by wonderbread, 2 Replies
...beers and when I started the fourth that was it all came back. Is this normal? has any one ells had stomoch problems related to HIV. I do see my docter in the next few weeks but just wantted to see what other had to say. Thanks Wonderbread :-) ... Read more »

Medication and Nightmares

Posted by whyyyyyy, 1 Reply
...feel my heartbeat from within. I sit on my bed and think, Why me? Why must I go through this? Why must I take medication for HIV that makes me go through this?. Some nights I fall right back asleep. Others, there is no sleep. I take Atripla, the... Read more »

Is tiredness a symptom?

Posted by James1941, 5 Replies
...Tested HIV+ in Sept 2005, contracted it in March or April 2005 (I think) regular monitoring, still no medication, readings holding steady. Read more »

HIV and drinking

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...depressed and am drinking large amounts of alcohol. I am at wits end and also have severe back pain. Is it true that alcohol speeds HIV to AIDS?? Read more »
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