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Taking Xanax 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 »

False Positves for drugs while on HIV meds

On probation,unrine tested once amonth no problems for 4 months.started taking meds in march. Truvada & Stutiva. first urine test in tampa, it showed up positive, for Benzodiazephines??Is this because of my meds? Officer asked if I was Valium or...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Sustiva can cause false positive urine test results for marijuana and I believe benzodiazepines. Your HIV specialist/prescriber should be willing to write a letter explaining the situation to help remedy the situation. KH 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 »
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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 »

I don't know if I can do this...

Posted by allentownboy, 13 Replies
...I am still sick, and have begun antiretrovirals today. Let me just say, I was NOT prepared for the physical reaction to the meds. It has been almost agonizing today - vomiting, nausea, feeling "out of body", neuropathy pain, numbness and... Read more »

depression

Posted by dElle, 6 Replies
...get some feedback on anyone who is taking antidepressants. I have been + for over 3 years and am taking Epzicom and Sustiva. HIV has not taken over my life and I am fairly well adjusted (numbers are great too). As of late I feel like the... Read more »

Taking charge of your life

Posted by Anonymous, 16 Replies
...hello Lately i have been trying to coax myself into starting meds. I am not in the danger zone quite yet my t's flux btwn 300-400 and for the most part of feel fine. I have had symptoms in Read more »