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Can A Person With HIV Take Simvastatin

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...Prilosec-OTC (omeprazole), ergot derivatives (such as Cafergot, D.H.E. 45, Methergine, Wigraine), garlic supplements, or the herb St. John's wort. Do not use Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor (lovastatin), Simcor, Vytorin, or Zocor (simvastatin) for the treatment of high lipids. Lipid-lowering alternatives are Crestor, Lescol, Lipitor, and Pravacol (pravastatin), but should be used with caution. Viracept may decrease methadone levels but withdrawal...
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Atripla ok with simvastatin?

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day! I will soon be starting hiv medications for the first time and my doctor mentioned that it will probably be Atripla. I currently take 20mg. of simvastatin per day for high cholesterol. Are these 2 drugs ok to take...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...Happy Valentine's Day to you too! Simvastatin levels in the body can be reduced by the efavirenz component of Atripla. For this reason, efavirenz may reduce the anti-cholesterol Read more »

anything new on Raltegravir?

Over the past 1 year my cd4% has been declining, althouhg my cd4 count has remained fairly high. Because I have been having more frequent allergy and skin problems my hiv specialist here in Columbus, Ohio recently told me that if my next labs in...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...and thank you for your post.You're correct in that Atripla is one of the most commonly used first-line medication regimens for HIV. The medication is terrific for many, but not for all. For such patients, we are fortunate to have many excellent... Read more »

HIV and menstruation

Hi Dr. Bob,Hope you are well! Obviously this isn't something that you can share direct knowledge about but figured I'd give it a go anyway. I've read in quite a few places that for women with HIV some of the first problems show as gynecologial...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...of HIV on the menstrual cycle, with contradictory results. Much of the research on menstrual abnormalities in women with HIV/AIDS was conducted during the early years of the epidemic, when women more often had advanced disease accompanied by... Read more »

Cookbook for person with HIV/AIDS?

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with HIV and his health is already rapidly declining.I'm looking for a cookbook specifically for people with HIV/AIDS with diet tips, healthy recipes, etc ... do any exist?-K-
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I am unaware of any cookbook specificly for HIV+ persons that I could recommend. If any reader is aware of such a book please post. The nutritional needs of a sick HIV+ patient Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...function should be done before starting therapy and patients should be monitored. Increased monitoring should be considered for people with underlying chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, or elevated levels of AST/ALT (lab measures of liver function),... Read more »
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...45), pimozide, Crixivan, or St. John's wort. Do not use Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor (lovastatin), Simcor, Vytorin, or Zocor (simvastatin) for the treatment of high lipids. Lipid-lowering alternatives are Crestor, Lescol, Lipitor, and Pravacol... Read more »
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Aptivus provider right away. Other side effects may include headache, fever, dry mouth, and dizziness. Caution should be used in people with mild liver impairment, since Aptivus concentrations may be increased. Should not be taken by people with... Read more »
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...migraine headaches (such as Wigraine, Methergine, and Cafergot) in any form, or the herb St. John's wort. Do not use Zocor (simvastatin), Vytorin, or Mevacor (lovastatin) cholesterol (lipid) lowering meds; suggested alternatives are Lipitor... Read more »
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what to eat for HIV/AIDS person?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Hi all, I understand that I should eat BETTER... But I really don't know what are the good meals/food for HIV/AIDS people? Any anybody share your experience with me? And what kind exercise do you guys do? I feel my body is very senstive to Read more »

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injection of hiv from hiv positive person

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I was at a party injecting drugs. I shared the needle with 2 other people. Later i found out that the guy i shared the needle with was hiv positive. I know i have to get tested. Is it 100% chance Read more »