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Taking Simvastatin With Hiv Meds

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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

Safety Announcement Additional Information for Patients Additional Information for Healthcare Professionals Data Summary Simvastatin Dose Limitations Contact Us Safety Announcement Based on review of data from a large clinical... Read more »
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A Day in the Life Video Series: George Burgess on Addiction Recovery and Taking HIV Meds

Keeping up with HIV meds often means having to weave daily doses into a busy life. How do other HIVers do it? In each episode of this video series, we'll take a peek into the day-to-day routine of a person who's living with HIV, taking HIV meds, and... Read more »
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Garbo Chang on Taking HIV Meds From 9-to-5 to Vacation Time (Video)

Keeping up with HIV meds often means having to weave daily doses into a busy life. How do other HIVers do it? In each episode of this video series, we'll take a peek into the day-to-day routine of a person who's living with HIV, taking HIV meds, and... Read more »
Ask the Experts

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...
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 effect of the simvastatin that you are taking. Your doctor... Read more »

Scared of Meds due to being sick w/meds, but not sick when not taking meds.

I was taking HIV med once a day and I was sick for about a 1-1/2 yrs then decided to stop taking them and all the sudden I am back on my feet and doing great and now I am scared to take them again, cause I don't want to be sick again. I...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for posting. Your apprehension about medications as understanding. It's not unusual to be constantly sick for medications. Older generations of HIV medications did cause lots of side effects. Current medications generally... Read more »

Interaction SIMVASTATIN + PIs

Dear Dr YoungI am HIV+ since 2006 ( nadir 104) , CD4 around 650, VL UD,late fifties, and feeling healthy. Current regime Darunavir 800mg+Ritonavir 100mg+Lamivudine300mg once daily ( got rid of Abacavir few months ago ). Despite a sparse and largely...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello Ernest and thanks for posting.Firstly, I'd agree that you should be taking a lipid-lowering medication- if your fasting labs really reveal a LDL of 172, this is a strong indication for the use of a statin medication. Furthermore, if... Read more »

Topping HIV+ bottom with condom who is taking HIV meds

Hello, I recently topped a HIV+ bottom with a latex condom during penetration but not during oral sex. He did not tell me that he was HIV+ but I found out that he is taking Epzicom, Reyataz, and Norvir. What are my risks of contracting HIV. The sex...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.Why are you freaking out because you found your bottom-guy's antiretrovirals? What if you hadn't found them? Would you be at any less risk right now? No, of course not. This is exactly why we must consider all our sexual partners could... Read more »
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taking hiv meds to Russia and Eastern Europe

Posted by Anonymous
I'm traveling to Russia 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?... Read more »

22 poz..stopped taking meds/not disclosing status

Posted by Anonymous, 16 Replies
i was diagnosed hiv+ december 2003. i had an insane viral load of over a million. my initial cd4 was 280. i began taking medication and within 2 months i gained back the 50 pounds of weight i lost and became healthier than ive ever been before. i... Read more »

Just found out, husband stopped taking meds ...

Posted by Zaverolis, 2 Replies
almost 9 months ago. He has been in the best condition health wise since I've known him. 2 years ago, he was diagnosed with non hodgekins lymphoma. Prior to this, he was told he had AIDS and was taking aids meds since 2000.

Now, I am thinking... Read more »

When does a person start taking ARV meds?

Posted by Carrie, 5 Replies
My boyfriends CD4 count is over 1100 and his Viral count is under 400. From my own researching, this appears to still be ok (considering the circumstances of course). He said though that today at the dr they want to start him on antiretroviral... Read more »