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If it would cure me, I wouldn't care if he pissed and shit in it.. but for the record I do prefer blueberries.

blueberries it is then for you...as long as they wash down your meds.  Perhaps you will be able to enjoy the blueberries by themselves (or at least with a blueberry colored, flavored, textured, and priced pill) before 2044.  But for today, savor your blueberries!
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: anxiety off the charts
« Last post by Miss Philicia on Yesterday at 11:22:37 AM »
1) I agree, naturally, that Atripla is not appropriate for someone with general anxiety disorder -- nor is any NNRTI class drug IMO when there are so many other classes to base workable HAART regimen.

2) Is your GP/HIV specialist prescribing your anxiety/depression medications or has he sent you to a psychiatrist for this? It's appropriate perhaps for a GP to do so if it's a simple use of ONE SSRI class medicate, but once a patient needs more than that I can't fathom not being referred to a prescribing psychiatrist, as well as being referred to a one-on-one therapist which would allow you to have a goal of treating anxiety issues with cognitive behavioral therapy and only using medications as a shorter term item. For example in the use of benzodiazepines like clonazepam, in my experience this is something one takes daily, not "as needed" -- a more appropriate same class med taken "as needed" would be xanax due to it's shorter half-life (amount of time it stays in your body) but this is just what I've heard in conversations with my psychiatrist, obviously I am not a doctor. It depends on the severity and frequency of one's panic attacks.

3) I don't see where narcotics were prescribed -- am I missing something or did someone mean benzos?
De nada y gracias. Ahora adelante con su vida alegre y seguro que el VIH no es una problema para ti.

Estoy infectado? / Re: preocupado sexo oral vaginal
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 11:12:24 AM »
Hoy es ridiculo a decir que tiene que probar a 6 meses. Todas las generaciones del las pruebas en uso hoy son conclusivo y fiable a 3 meses. Y en su caso probando es basicamente solamente por su paz mental porque no tiene un riesgo verdadero.

Estoy infectado? / Re: Sexo con prostituta
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 11:08:29 AM »
Cualquier los detalles, en la historia entera de la epidemia no se ha confirmado a ningun hombre siempre para haberse infectado por recibiendo el sexo oral. Y sexo oral es muy ordinario sexualmente. Es seguro Vd. no vas a hacer historia haciendo el primeo.

Termina con las dudas porque no hay un base en la ciencia del VIH.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: anxiety off the charts
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:59:29 AM »
It seems many doctors still haven't got the memo that EFAVIRENZ is a piss poor choice for those of us with a history of depression and anxiety ... its so very simple, if you suffer any of these condition's before or after going on that med its not likely to resolve and get better until you change your combo . I also would be hesitant to think complera is a good candidate for the swap if you are having problems with the EFAVIRENZ . We are seeing doctors swap for the complera combo only to have less of the same CNS issues so I would think that since there are other good choices complera should be avoided if a person has suffered CNS issues on EFAVIRENZ . I cant fathom why a doctor would think that prescribing narcotics for anxiety is a wiser choice than a med change, boggles my mind . Here are a few personal story's about Atripla ... http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=47901.0

This is my own personal opinion for what its worth .
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: anxiety off the charts
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 10:33:25 AM »
Sorry to hear all that.
You need to get off the EFAVIRENZ ASAP like yesterday.

May I ask which doctors are aware you have all these anxiety meds AND an Atripla prescription.  If the doc who is treating you for HIV is also aware of all the anxiety and the medication for it, you need to ask him/her, and yourself, some hard questions. 

It has been years and years that we know efairenz does not play nicely with depression and anxiety.  You weren't supposed to know that but a doctor should.
Luckily,  the BF rarely needs much in the way of coercion in that regard.  ;)

However,  this Tivicay experiment may be short lived.  The most common side effect is insomnia.  And I haven't been able to get a decent nights sleep for nearly a week.  I was worried about this since I don't sleep well under the best of circumstances but this is by far much worse than normal.

I woke up at 2am and was wide awake,  as has been the case since the second dose of Tivicay.  I took a Xanax which usually is like a baseball bat to the side of my head (lights out).  But it had no effect.  Waited an hour and was still wide awake so I took an Ambien.  After another hour I finally dozed off.  But pretty much every night has been like this since I started Tivicay.   Very disappointed,  especially since I had no sides with Viramune.

I'll give it a while longer and see what happens,  but not sleeping is a real drag.

Unless I can get some sleep on Tivicay,  paying a $150 copay for Viramune doesn't seem like such a burden anymore.

Just my 2 cents, I got the Atripla co-pay as well as my insurance out of pocket is 50%, The card does indeed pay for the out of pocket up to 6,800 annually with no monthly cap. Good luck to you and FYI you may know already, but you don't even need the card at the Pharmacy until it arrives, just the numbers.
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: anxiety off the charts
« Last post by beach99 on Yesterday at 08:38:16 AM »
Thanks Jeff I appreciate your advice. I follow the pre-bedtime regime as you suggest. I have spoken to my DR. about switching and will follow up. My question I guess in the meantime is if anyone has any advice about the best time to take the Lexapro for best results until I can switch.
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