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Author Topic: Sustiva and depression  (Read 7731 times)

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Offline bretticus

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Sustiva and depression
« on: August 25, 2008, 01:09:22 PM »
Has anyone experienced the onset or exaccerbation of depression as a result of Sustiva?
BretticusMaximus

Offline majykman

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 03:26:00 PM »
I don't remember. I've been on Sustive for nine years and I was already depressed when I started it. But it is very possible because sustiva is known for causing mental changes in people.
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Offline franfrog

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 07:31:28 PM »
I have been on sustiva now for a little over 4 years.  I was recently diagnosed with depression and was put on lexapro.  Will go to see a phsycologist(sp) soon also.  I am not sure if this is due to the sustiva or just everything in general but I have heard the two related.
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Offline markaj

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 09:19:49 AM »
After 2 weeks on Sustiva I really got low, withdrew from others, couldn't stop crying, didn't eat and started to plan my suicide.  I ended up in an ambulance to Accident & Emergency/ER.  I had previous anxiety, depression issues and that's why I wasn't put on Sustiva when I first started treatment.  I insisted on taking it though and got my own way.  I'm now on Citalopram after seeing a Psychiatrist who i'll now have to see regularly.  In my HIV doctor's words 'Sustiva pushed you over the edge.'
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Offline hivsweden

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2008, 09:29:34 AM »
All I can say is that when I became depressed it did help to switch from Sustiva. My ID doctor said she had seen many people with worsened depressions due to Sustiva.

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2008, 04:43:00 AM »
Thirty days after taking Sustiva, I was planning on stepping in front of a city bus and ending it all.  But I couldn't put a bus driver through that hell and as the day progressed, I realized from years of drug experience that I was having a bad reaction to a new drug.  I quit taking the stuff that day and saw my doctor the next.  He said I was having an allergic reaction to Sustiva and he switched my meds. 

Offline SASA39

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2008, 09:01:37 PM »
Google here sustiva and depression...............salut`
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Offline decayingsinner

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2009, 08:02:50 PM »
Sustiva has caused a slight bump in my life with depression. I kind tend to isolate myself. I've been on Sustiva for 9 months now, but have been taking anti-depressants since I was 11. For the most part, I think the depression has balanced out and I'm back to where I was. I've gone without my anti-depressants and have been through the crying, emotions all over, not knowing what I will feel from one moment to the next. It's awful. Obviously it made me realize that I can not live without anti-depressants.

Offline maddalfred

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 06:27:54 AM »
I switched from Atripla to get away from the Sustiva component a little over a week ago, had discontinued the anti-depressants 18 days prior to that. Before i discontinued the anti-depressants I was a crying slobbering mess almost every day. After discontinuing, I had two "spells" like that but my ID doc still thought I had severe enough depression to switch my HIV meds to Truvada and Lexiva.

I am still depressed, but I have had a history of many years being so, so no major change on the overall outlook. At least I'm not crying every day and an emotional train wreck like I was just a few weeks ago. We decided to give no anti-depressants a try for a while to see if I could do without any, which is my preference.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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Offline jep47

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2009, 02:23:28 PM »
When I first started taking Sustiva, I was having panic attacks in my sleep and would jump out of the bed like the secret police were after me. Then I became depressed. My ID put me on sleeping pills to calm me down so I could sleep through the night and I began to take Lexapro. Now I have little to no sex drive at all.

Offline positivmat

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2009, 09:38:40 PM »
I have been on atripla for 7 weeks now. I physically ache all over my back and have all day light panicky feeling. I am so depressed every day. I find myself unable to turn off the self loathing tape in my head this weekend despite trying activity and therapy. I don't know if this is normal for being newly diagnosed or for the first holiday weekend since I was diagnosed or what. But I am going to schedule an appt with doc this week. My #s are great but I am having a rough time with this horribly low feeling and bleak outlook. I am trying to keep my chin up but it was hard this weekend. I am faking it big time. I got out my old lynyrd skynyrd cd and blasted it while I drove around and can't overpower this feeling. I am worried.

Offline Dwayn20

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2009, 06:35:52 AM »
Dear Matt
Taking medicines is like the AA motto I am shore you have them before.Except the thing that you can not change an change the things you can.Freaking out will hurt you more than help.I should know from personal experience.
Scooter





I have been on atripla for 7 weeks now. I physically ache all over my back and have all day light panicky feeling. I am so depressed every day. I find myself unable to turn off the self loathing tape in my head this weekend despite trying activity and therapy. I don't know if this is normal for being newly diagnosed or for the first holiday weekend since I was diagnosed or what. But I am going to schedule an appt with doc this week. My #s are great but I am having a rough time with this horribly low feeling and bleak outlook. I am trying to keep my chin up but it was hard this weekend. I am faking it big time. I got out my old lynyrd skynyrd cd and blasted it while I drove around and can't overpower this feeling. I am worried.

Offline mecch

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2009, 03:17:15 PM »
Positivmat, whats the update? Feeling better? On sustiva. Or have you switched off. 

You might be one of the minority who can't deal with this drug, effective as it is.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline positivmat

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2009, 08:54:13 PM »
My dr thinks it is natural that I would be depressed. I have a lot of stuff going on with the hiv. I see my therapist tomorrow. We will discuss it. I just don't know the line between normal reaction to diagnosis and clinical depression. I keep going through my good days and bad days, meditate once a day talk to friends but feel physically achy, don't sleep well. On the other hand, my partner stayed by my side and I keep busy and force myself to get out, play tennis and keep going. I can't keep going like this for too much longer though.  
My therapist thinks its because I am not using sex as my release and that I am going to suffer through some more bad days. I will keep you posted - in the next few weeks I should see my dr.

Offline positivmat

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2009, 07:18:37 AM »
Just a short update. I woke up this morning and feel wonderful. This kind of day makes me hesitate to say that my moods are chemical.

Offline positivmat

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2009, 09:55:25 PM »
Saw therapist today. She feels that as I deal with my losses, I will get worse before I get better.  Sustiva might be exacerbating feelings of depression but I should go through the stages before we change anything.

Today we did a grief exercise to let out emotions and it seemed to relieve the pressure. Anyway that seems to tell me its not from the pill as much as the diagnosis

Offline decayingsinner

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2009, 09:22:33 PM »
It sounds like you are rebounding a bit. I know exactly how you feel. I'm on sustiva/truvada and anti-depressant meds as well and feel myself on the brim of a breakdown somedays mentally inside.  It's a constant struggle / battle, but I try to enjoy each and every day I am given.

Offline positivmat

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2009, 10:37:48 PM »
Actually the whole weekend was an improvement over the past 3 months since diagnosis and 2 on atripla. I am getting my "sea-legs" back again. I learned how I felt that I felt entitled to my sense of who I was and my health. I had no feeling of being "given" extra days.  That is the case. There are no freebies and I am so lucky to have what I have.

I think my sustiva depression was not really sustiva but myself. I feel like I have come out the other side. Still had sad moments this weekend but they passed through and gave way to whatever else was going on next. I will try to take each day as it is "given" now as well. Take care
Matt

Offline Dwayn20

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Re: Sustiva and depression
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2009, 10:49:26 PM »
Matt I used take Sustiva it screwed with me for a little while most times it was when I was sleeping. It only lasted a few weeks.Then was fine.
Scooter


Actually the whole weekend was an improvement over the past 3 months since diagnosis and 2 on atripla. I am getting my "sea-legs" back again. I learned how I felt that I felt entitled to my sense of who I was and my health. I had no feeling of being "given" extra days.  That is the case. There are no freebies and I am so lucky to have what I have.

I think my sustiva depression was not really sustiva but myself. I feel like I have come out the other side. Still had sad moments this weekend but they passed through and gave way to whatever else was going on next. I will try to take each day as it is "given" now as well. Take care
Matt

 


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