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Hiv Meds And Mental Health Meds

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Adherence: Keeping Up With Your Meds

Introduction Things to Consider Planning Building a Support Network Committing to Staying on Therapy Final Thoughts Strategies for Adherence Introduction Staying on a treatment regimen is difficult under the best of conditions. Even doctors and nurses find it difficult to take a simple course of antibiotics as directed. Taking HIV therapy sometimes requires a person to take a dozen or more pills a day, with specific timing and diet...
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HIV Meds wrecking my menal health?

I have bipolar disorder and have been on Depakote/Welbutrin/Seraquel for a long time. For the past 4 years, I have also been on Norvir, Epzicom and Reyataz. It seems over the past year my mental health has been getting worse. A lot of anger...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
The antiretroviral (ART) medications that you are taking are not known to interact with the psychiatric medications you're taking. The ARTs you are taking are also not known to cause or worsen psychiatric symptoms.... Read more »

Add psych meds or just switch hiv meds?

Dear Dr. Mark,Long story short: If one has a healthy CD4 count and undetectable viral load but has troubling psychological side effects is it ever worth it to add psych meds or should one just switch hiv meds instead?Long story: My brother was...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
If these are new mental health issues, and temporally related to starting HIV meds (which can be seen with efavirenz in the Atripla), then I would switch his HIV meds.... Read more »

Mental Health

I go to a medical office where many patients are on different meds for mental health(depression, anxiety, etc.). Is it possible that HIV drugs-that treat the infection can cause psychiatric problems? I know Sustiva has been mentioned years ago for...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The reason so many people in HIV clinics are on psychiatric medications is not that the HIV therapies cause mental illness. Instead, folks with mental illness and substance abuse disorders are at greater risk for getting HIV.DW... Read more »

Mental Health Issues and Starting Treatment

HelloI was diagnosed in Nov 2002. My tcells are currently at about 450 with my VL at 58,000 as of Oct 2007. My doctor is recommending I start treamtement. Before Jan 07, my tcells had been above 500 consistently and my VL hadn't gone above...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
There is no need to feel pressured by your doctor. You are the person who makes the final decision about your treatment. Your doctor's advice and opinion should be carefully considered and respected, but you should decide.In people such as... Read more »
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Anxiety and fear/Mental Health

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know of any other disease that my cause so much anxiety and so much fear in people. They tell us to be educated but as I am reading the articles and information, the more fear and anxiety I get. But it becomes like an addiction, I don't... Read more »

Hiv, Meds and Brain , what does it equal ?

Posted by riverprincess, 3 Replies
Some may recall my posting in the HIV and Getting Older some time ago .Go read it if you haven't . We'll I'm going into the next phase of tests to see what 20 years of meds is possibly doing to the brain . I got another deeper in depth MRI... Read more »

HIV meds and Depression meds?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hello. I have known of my positive status for two years now. I was put on Epivir, Viread, and Sustiva in February of 2004. My labs are good, and I feel great, as my viral load is almost undetectable. This summer I have had some problems with... Read more »

HIV med success stories?

Posted by sunkyst, 7 Replies
Does anyone here have any success stories with HIV meds i.e. you've been on treatment for a while and it's working well for you without too many serious side effects? Read more »