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Substance Use

Alcohol Increases Ziagen Blood Levels

Our last issue of Notes from the Underground included an article on interactions between anti-HIV medications and street drugs. An important interaction that we left out (sorry!) is the one between alcohol and Ziagen (abacavir). Alcohol increases Zia...

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Hepatitis C

Does Your Liver Quiver?

Hepatitis C (HCV), a chronic viral illness, has a lot in common with HIV. And if you're coinfected, or chronically infected, with both HIV and HCV, there are important interactions you need to know about.

Both HIV and HCV produce astronomical amount...

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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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Vitamins & Supplements

Tinidazole Info Sheet

What Is It?

Tinidazole (or Fasigyn) is an anti-parasitic drug widely used throughout Europe and the Third World as treatment for a variety of amebic and parasitic infections. It is chemically similar to Flagyl -- a drug with some unpleasant side eff...

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News

Hepatitis Treatment Update

Thymosin-Alpha-1 (brand name Zadaxin) has been approved in Mexico as a flu vaccine booster. Hopefully, Mexican approval for the treatment of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C will follow shortly. Thymosin is an injectable synthetic version of a naturally o...

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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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Substance Use

HIV Medications + Street Drugs: Some Cocktails Don't Mix

Beginning in October, the PWA Health Group started an intensive treatment education program for active and former drug users. Because there is so little hard information available on the specific hazards of mixing street drugs with anti-HIV therapies...

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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...

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Thalidomide -- The Story Goes On ...

In mid-July, the FDA approved thalidomide as a treatment for leprosy (Hansen's disease) with the brand name, THALOMID. So begins another chapter in the complicated history of a drug with enormous clinical potential as well as dangerous possible side ...