What If You Don't Take Medicine For Shingles

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Just diagnosed and also have shingles please answer!

I am 22 year old male in the UK and have just had the devastating news that I am HIV+. I wouldn't say I deserve it but it is my own fault and I hope I can get through it. I don't plan to let it control my life completely.I had a test one year ago...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...the infection.4) Using acyclovir will not affect any use of HAART. There are no drug interactions between acyclovir and HAART medicines and acyclovir will not cause HIV to become resistant to any medications.Take care of yourself. I am glad you... Read more »

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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

...variety of side effects. Nortriptyline is the antidepressant most frequently used for shingles pain. Pregabalin is an epilepsy medicine also used for pain after shingles. Can Shingles Be Prevented? Currently, there is no way to predict an... Read more »
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...developed drug resistance, when medications may no longer work against the virus. Drug resistance most commonly occurs when people don't take their HIV medicine as prescribed, but you may also be infected with a drug-resistant virus against which... Read more »
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...Name: ritonavir Brand Name: Norvir Class: HIV protease inhibitor (PI) Standard dose: New 100 mg tablets that don't require refrigeration became available as PA went to press (photo not available); must be taken with a meal. Almost... Read more »
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Cat's Claw (Uña de Gato)

...thatcat's claw could stimulate the immune system in ways that lead toprogression of HIV disease. Without controlled studies, we don'tknow if it does anything, good or bad. Health food companies promote cat's claw as a possible treatmentfor a... Read more »
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shingle will happen twice or more?

Posted by JHIV130306, 3 Replies
...and if i have to start meds,i will have to be taking the meds EXACTLY the same time everyday??? please~~~~~~HELP ME!!! I don't wish to have shingle again!!! Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Someone told me that shingles is one of the first indications of being HIV positive. I had shingles in 2002, and has felt fine since then. Although I do occassionally Read more »

Shingles = HIV?

Posted by grcboy30, 4 Replies
...Hi there. I had chicken pox at 5 years old so can develop shingles. I haven't been to the doctor yet but have what I am pretty sure is shingles on the side of my chest (a pink rash which is itchy Read more »

Starting Meds

Posted by Ronnie, 2 Replies
After my doctor visit on Monday, he prescribed Reyataz and Epzicom. He faxed the orders to medco and they take about 2 weeks to arrive. Any suggestions from anyone who has been on this combination? Read more »