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Offline zgood

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sleepless then over sleeping?
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:26:01 AM »
hi people.
started meds a month ago,sustiva,truvada. i got rashes which the doc gave me pills for then anti allegy tabs.my problem is if i take just my hiv pills i have insomonia but if i take the sleeping tabs(zopicione 7.5mg) and anti histamine9CETRIZINE 10MG),not only do i sleep like a log but i wake up with severe mood swings ,weird thoughts,dizziness during the day.is there anytime in between ?iare there ways 2 control mood swings? ???ps i would like 2 go back 2 work ,is it 2 soon,and if yes what can i do thats not 2 stressful.yks

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Re: sleepless then over sleeping?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008, 10:52:54 AM »
Hi zgood:

Wow, alot of questions.  I'm on Sustiva and though I didn't experience the rash, I know quite a few people do.  As far as waking up with the horrible mood swings, maybe you could cut back on the sleeping medication.  It just seems like taking a high dose of that and an antihistamine might be a little over-medicating. Of course, I'm not a doctor, therefore I would discuss this with your doctor.  Tell him/her about your concerns etc. and see what his/her opinion is. 

As far as going back to work, I don't know what your counts are, how long you've been diagnosed positive, what your source of income is etc.  There are a lot of factors that are missing.  Maybe you could fill those in.  But again, as far as going back to work, that is a personal and medical choice.  Oh, and welcome to the forums!
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Offline zgood

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Re: sleepless then over sleeping?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008, 08:14:34 PM »
 ;D thanks 4 welcoming me 2 the club.i think will stop or take half of the sleeping pills then c how it goes.sorry about the multiple questions they seemed 2 flow.ya was just wondering how long most poeple took off b4 going back 2 work.

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Re: sleepless then over sleeping?
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008, 08:19:55 PM »

The mood swings are most likely a side effect of the Sustiva and should subside in another couple of weeks to a month. If they persist you should discuss this with your doctor.

Sleeplessness is also a side effect of Sustiva and it maybe that the anti-histamine is sufficient to make you drowsy, without the sleeping pill.


Offline zgood

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Re: sleepless then over sleeping?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008, 08:26:37 PM »
hi,so i should continue thet and stop the sleeping pills?

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: sleepless then over sleeping?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008, 08:58:51 PM »
Well, you should discuss it with your doctor. If you're feeling completely bombed out all day (the Sustiva can add to that as well) then it might be an idea to take one of the drowsy-making medications out of the mix. Anti-histamines are often used in over the counter preparations to aid with sleep.

But do discuss it with your doctor first.



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