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Methamphetamine And Hiv Meds Problems

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Frequently Asked Questions About Crystal Methamphetamine

How can I find an agency near me that provides information and services to gay and other men who have sex with men, who use methamphetamine? What is methamphetamine? What are the short-term effects of methamphetamine use? What are the long-term effects of methamphetamine use? What are some physical signs that someone is using meth? Is it possible to overdose from methamphetamine? How is methamphetamine...
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HIV Treatment & Methamphetamine and GHB

Hi Doctor, I am taking Combivir and Stocrin on a daily basis, if there is any problem if I smoke Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine) and take GHB once a while? Is there any interaction to the HIV regimen that I take? I like the party, but would really...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Good drug interaction data is lacking. Stocrine (efavirenz) is metabolized in the liver so there is a chance for an adverse drug interaction between either the efavirenz and/or crystal meth or GHB (liquid ectasy). There are scattered reports of... Read more »

Manic Depressive, Positive, and Methamphetamine Self-medicated

Dear Michael, I hope you can give me some idea how I can proceed with my treatment being bi-polar, HIV+ and addicted to Methamphetamine.I'm surprised there have been so few questions addressing this highly addictive drug and its use to...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I am very concerned that you are self medicating with crystal meth. You need a specialized drug treatment program to help you stop taking it. Until you are off of the crystal there is no way to accurately access the extent of whatever... Read more »

Real Answers to Methamphetamine Questions

As Clinical Research Coordinator I spent my time recruiting patients by weeding out all those who were managing their fatigue using crystal methamphetamine (CMA) particularly those who were in their teens and among the entire gay population. The...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You were (are?) a clinical research coordinator??? Yikes! (Damn good thing you are only coordinating and not designing clinical studies!)"Any nurse or clinician knows CMA like other stimulants causes spikes in CD4 T-cell... Read more »

Hiv meds for patients with kidney problems

I have a friend that has kidney problems and because of that his Dr. decreased his epzicom dose to: abacavir 300mg, and lamivudine 100 mg in oral solution once a day. Is it appropriate to decrease the standard dose of hiv medications to patients...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Yes, it can be entirely appropriate to change the dose or dose frequency of medications for people with kidney disfunction.Fixed dose combinations, like Epzicom (Kivexa), Truvada, Atripla and Complera have the issue that... Read more »
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Crystal Methamphetamine and the HIV Relationship

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have been reading a lot lately about the many of us who became positive after a night of partying (mostly on CM) although I am sure there are many other party drugs that would take you there.

In my case, I was over 40 when I started. Never did... Read more »

new to meds/memory problems

Posted by just4247, 2 Replies
hi new to the bulletin boards
i've been positive for about 12 years but only started meds about a year and half ago. doing good. undetectable but have been showing signs of mild cognitive memory impairment. just curious to know if anyone else... Read more »

Meds a Problem

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Just wanted to know is there other gay men out there that are having problems with their meds and having sexual relations? What I mean is I'm having to take meds for hiv/aids and also anemia plus the discomfort of the meds in my stomach and now for... 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 »