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Does Simvastatin Interact With HIV Meds

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Rescriptor

...ergot alkaloids used for 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 (atorvastatin) and Lescol (fluvastatin). Liver enzymes should be checked regularly if you are on these cholesterol meds, as they can increase risk for liver toxicity with...
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Calcium Supplements with HIV Meds

I am a treatment experienced HIV positive 45 year old male. I have recently been diagnosed with avascular necrosis (AVN) in both hips. Although my doctor says there is really no medication that can help the AVN, I have begun taking additional...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...be a problem but you have the potential for a major interaction with Vytorin and Norvir. Vytorin is a combination of Zocor (simvastatin) and ezetimibe (Zetia). Norvir can raise the blood levels of simvastatin up to 40 fold and this can... Read more »

omega-3 fish oil and flaxseed with diet and meds

I have borderline high cholesterol, my good HDL is 47, and LDL 125,TRIGLYCERIDE 171 , and i take kaletra and truvada, I take these supplements ,(omega-3 fish oil and flaxseed) with each meal 2-3 times a day, and my meds in the eve about 45 mins...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...atorvastatin (Liptor), lovastatin (Mevacor), and simvastatin (Zocor) to work more effectively.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- In an animal study, treatment with omega-3 fatty acids reduced the risk of ulcers from nonsteroidal... Read more »

ED med and HIV med interaction (USE OF ED DRUGS WHILE ON ANTIRETROVIRALS, 2010)

I'm currently on Viramune and Truvada and I've been having problems getting an erection. My doctor prescribed cialis 10mg but it does not seem to work that well. If I take 20mg it works fine. Is there an interaction between my HIV meds and ED...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...for you? Absolutely. I think your Mr. Happy will again be very happy and very soon.Happy Holidays.Dr. Bobs it ok to take ED meds while on HIV meds? (USE OF ED DRUGS WHILE ON ANTIRETROVIRALS, 2010) Dec 3, 2010Hi Dr. Robert hope all is well with... Read more »

Arthritus type symptoms

Hello, and thanks for all your helpful work and advice. I'm 54 years old, on Norvir, Reyataz and Truvada and also Zetia and Simvastatin for cholesterol. Recently I have developed an arthritis symptom which I can only relate to a condition called...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Pain localized to the finger joints as you describe would rarely be due to any of your HIV Medications and most likely relates to a non-HIV condition. I often refer patients with joint problems to a rheumatologist to Read more »
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Ongoing Safety Review of High-Dose Zocor (Simvastatin) and Increased Risk of Muscle Injury

...not use simvastatin with these medications: Itraconazole Ketoconazole Erythromycin Clarithromycin Telithromycin HIV protease inhibitors Nefazodone Do not use more than 10mg of simvastatin with these medications : ... Read more »
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Viracept

... Tips: This is the only protease inhibitor that is never used with Norvir. Do not leave the pharmacy without anti-diarrhea meds such as Immodium, or Tums or other calcium products. Taking a 500 mg calcium supplement with doses hugely decreases... Read more »
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Aptivus

...protease inhibitors -- makes this a tricky drug to balance in a regimen, especially for salvage patients already on a host of other meds. -- Jeff Taylor Got a comment on this article? Write to us at publications@tpan.com . Read more »
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Norvir

...of life for many. With a list of drug interactions longer than some phone books, it's a daunting drug to add to the multiple meds many HIVers have to take. Even though the Norvir contained in Abbott's PI Kaletra has long been available in a... Read more »
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taking hiv meds to Russia and Eastern Europe

Posted by Anonymous
...and Eastern Europe this summer. I'm concerned that I might have a problem going through customs in these countries if my HIV meds are spotted. Has anyone taken their HIV meds to these countries? What happened? Any advice? Thanks! Read more »

can you live a normal life without meds if ur HIV+

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...can you live a normal life without medicines if your HIV+??? How long can live without these medicines? Read more »

HIV meds and Depression meds?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...had some problems with depression, so my physician prescribed "Lexapro." I'm assuming that it should'nt be a problem w/ the meds I'm on already. I seem to be okay. Does anyone know anything about Lexapro? Read more »

Help with HIV meds...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Hi- I read on here awhile back about getting free meds from companies who make the drugs by writing to them...does anyone know what I need to do this...like something from my doctor? Read more »