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Substance Use

Drug Interactions: HIV Medications, Street Drugs and Methadone

A drug interaction is what happens when one drug that you take affects the way another drug you take works in your body. An interaction can affect your body's ability to break down one drug or both drugs. It can also affect the strength or effectiven...

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Depression

Depression: Chasing the Blues Away

Have you been feeling sad, blue, lost or despairing? Do the things that usually make you happy and satisfied (like work, family, friends and hobbies) instead leave you cold? Have these feelings lasted more than two weeks? If you answered yes to these...

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RU-486

Anti-abortion extremists may be preventing development of and access to a drug which potentially reduces HIV replication and may be useful in the treatment of lipodystrophy ("crix belly," "buffalo hump") which is experienced by many people with HIV. ...

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SAMe As It Ever Was?

Neurological symptoms related to HIV infection -- myelopathy (degeneration of the coatings of nerve fibers in the spinal cord), peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain in the hands and feet) and dementia -- are among the most troubling and difficult to han...

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Substance Use

Pain Medications and Recovery

People in recovery from addiction are often scared to take pain medication for fear that it will "reactivate" their urges to get high and lead to relapse. Some go so far as to refuse opiate pain killers after major surgery. Some members of 12 Step pr...

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Vitamins & Supplements

Glutamania! -- Is There Anything Glutamine Doesn't Do?

It slices, it dices, it's a floor wax, it's a whipped topping -- the literature on glutamine, the body's most abundant amino acid, can put one in mind of those late night infomercials touting miracle products. Glutamine has been reported to stop diar...