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Author Topic: Taking anti-depressants with Kaletra??  (Read 2896 times)

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Offline markaj

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Taking anti-depressants with Kaletra??
« on: September 15, 2008, 02:53:19 PM »
After seeing a Psychiatrist this afternoon it looks like I'll be prescribed an antidepressant tomorrow, either 20mg Escitalopram daily or 40mg Citalopram daily. She knows I'm on Kaletra and Truvada and didn't seem that worried about interactions. I'm not so confident though.  I've checked some online drug interactions checkers and some (not all annoyingly just to add to my uncertainty) say that the Ritonavir in Kaletra will boost either antidepressant level to unsafe levels.  Does anybody know if this is the case?  If so are there actually any antidepressants I can safely take with Kaletra?  Thanks.
Infected Jan 08 / diagnosed Feb 08
Feb 08 - CD4 230 (9%) VL 3.5 million
Mar 08 - CD4 440 (6%) VL 660.000
Apr 08 - CD4 420 (11%) VL 3 million
Jun 08 - CD4 200 (7%) VL 3 million
Started Kaletra/Truvada Jul 08
Jul 08  - CD4 250 (14%) VL 23.893
Aug 08 - CD4 410 (15%)  VL 4.313
Switched to Sustiva/Truvada Aug 08
Switched to Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada Sep 08
Diagnosed with Hep C, HIV meds stopped for a bit
Nov 08 - CD4 414 (12%) VL 500.000+
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Dec 08 - CD4 381 (17%) VL 1.116
Jan 09 - CD4 534 (20%) VL <50
Started Interferon/Ribavirin Jan 09
Feb 09 - CD4 407 (24%) VL <50
Mar 09 - CD4 360 (28%) VL <50
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Taking anti-depressants with Kaletra??
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 03:38:08 PM »
I was on Kaletra as soon as it was FDA approved 7 years ago, and was on it for 5 years.  During that time I must have cycled through 4 different SSRI class anti-depressants with no ill effect.  If you are wary of a possible reaction why aren't you coordinating this with your HIV specialist -- he/she should be able to calm any worries you may have with this.  As long as your HIV specialist is aware that you are going on this SSRI he/she can monitor you at first to look for any trouble (though most assuredly there will be none so don't worry).

The amount of Ritonavir (Norvir) in Kaletra I would assume is similar to the booster amounts used in other regimens, and I find it doubtful that there's any appreciable interaction.  Ritonavir is so common as a booster in many regimens (I currently boost my Prezista with Norvir) and SO many HIV-ers take SSRI class anti-depressants it would be a huge issue if it was interacting all over the place.
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Offline markaj

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Re: Taking anti-depressants with Kaletra??
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008, 08:34:59 AM »
Thanks for the reply Philly.  That's really reassuring, cheers.  My HIV Specialist is a bit of a no go at the moment to be honest. :(  I've got to see her next on 9/26 so will mention it then. 
Infected Jan 08 / diagnosed Feb 08
Feb 08 - CD4 230 (9%) VL 3.5 million
Mar 08 - CD4 440 (6%) VL 660.000
Apr 08 - CD4 420 (11%) VL 3 million
Jun 08 - CD4 200 (7%) VL 3 million
Started Kaletra/Truvada Jul 08
Jul 08  - CD4 250 (14%) VL 23.893
Aug 08 - CD4 410 (15%)  VL 4.313
Switched to Sustiva/Truvada Aug 08
Switched to Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada Sep 08
Diagnosed with Hep C, HIV meds stopped for a bit
Nov 08 - CD4 414 (12%) VL 500.000+
Started Isentress/Truvada Nov 2008
Dec 08 - CD4 381 (17%) VL 1.116
Jan 09 - CD4 534 (20%) VL <50
Started Interferon/Ribavirin Jan 09
Feb 09 - CD4 407 (24%) VL <50
Mar 09 - CD4 360 (28%) VL <50
Apr 09 - CD4 279 (30%) VL <50
Jun 09 - CD4 298 (36%) VL <50
Aug 09 - CD4 303 (35%) VL <50

 


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