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Does Xanax Interact With HIV Meds

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...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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Follow-up about Depression meds

I was reading a post someone made about taking Lexapro with Norvir. I'm not on meds yet, but my doc and I have already determined the regimen I will start when that day comes. I was wanting to start a depression med, but I heard about possible...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...pharmacist. It seems complicated but working with an HIV specialist generally allows for a good outcomes even when multiple types of meds are needed. KH Read more »

Too many drugs?

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...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...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... Read more »

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
The calcium should not 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... Read more »

Prescription side effects

A good friend of mine is HIV positive and has a history of drug abuse. I have agreed to help him if he does not start abusing prescription or non prescription drugs. He recently started a new round of HIV drugs and showed up at my house with slurred...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Certainly the prescription drugs you mentioned can cause the side effects you described. If he is now on Sustiva as one of his HIV meds the central nervous side effects may be further pronounced. Also, some of the other HIV medications... Read more »
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...than womenstill have HIV in the US, women are catching up. In some countries, HIV+ womenoutnumber HIV+ men. The proportion of HIV/AIDS cases among women has more than tripled from 8percent in 1985 to an alarming 27 percent in 2008. That means... Read more »
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Nighttime fear of meds

Posted by taipeitimes, 5 Replies
...so much I can do. More than anything else, he has always loved a good sleep. I am worried that if he develops a fear of his meds he may want to skip them occasionally. My question for you all, then, is whether you have found any helpful ways... Read more »

Help with costs of meds

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...How does the regular person pay for the cost of HIV meds? I make a good income (but let's be realistic), have insurance but cap out on prescriptions after the first month. Cost runs Read more »

"How do YOU do the HIV?"

Posted by Survivor, 3 Replies
...As I hit the 9 month mark from diagnosis to meds to living. How do you HIV'ers move on. I seem to have HIVitis, it seems to reval through out my brain in every waking momement. Read more »

need some help

Posted by bstnguy25, 2 Replies
...viral load is about 1.492 and CD 4 around 34 % of CD 3 and 349 uL is that a good number? anyone of you think i should start on meds? the doctor assistant told me that i shouldnt be on med since my viral load is 1.492. I need a better... Read more »