Wes' Full Medication Regimen
effective 2007

Also see Wes' HIV & Neuropathy Medication Regimen, which shows just Wes' antiretroviral & neuropathy medications, and how that regimen evolved over time.

Major differences in this list versus last full medication regimen posted November 16, 2001:

 

Daily

·        acyclovir (generic of Zovirax™) 400mg tablets BID
prophylaxis for herpes outbreaks

·        Advair™ 100mcg/50mcg (fluticasone propionate/salmeterol) 1 puff BID
corticosteroid prophylactic for wheezing & long-acting broncho-dilator

·        benzoyl peroxide wash 5%, 227g, apply to affected area daily and wash off
acne

·        clonazepam (generic of Klonopin™) 1mg QD
use at bedtime

·        cyanocobalamin (B12), 1cc 3x/week, 1000mcg/ml
for fatigue

·        Depakote™ (valproic acid) 250mg tabs, 1 BID
anticonvulsant for both neuropathy & mood swings

·        fluticasone propionate (generic of Flonase™) 2 puffs each nostril QD
sinus steroid to help reduce discharge

·        gabapentin (generic of Neurontin™) caps 300mg, QD
for the neuropathy in my arms and feet

·        nortriptyline (generic of Pamelor™) two 10mg QD in morning
for depression in conjunction with Effexor XR™, and also morning neuropathy

·        Prevacid 30mg QD in AM
acid-reducer (proton pump inhibitor) for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

·        ranitidine (generic of Zantac™) 150mg BID
acid-reducer, got rid of the burning in my stomach that started 12/91 & resumed 2/01

·        Singulair™ (montelukast sodium) 10mg tablets QD, at 5-7pm
anti-inflammatory [leukotriene receptor antagonist], using in conjunction with Advair to help reduce need for inhaled steroids

·        testosterone:  depo-testosterone or testosterone-cypionate, 200mg/mL, .25mL/2x wkly (100mg/week), 1mL vial
restored my appetite
helps with lipodystrophy
helps restore & maintain lean muscle mass, which I lost in 2001, 2003, 2004 and again in 2005
may help with fatigue

·        Truvada™ (reformulated 3TC:emtricitabine 200mg and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300mg / VIREAD.  The former is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor the latter nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor.  Both are considered NRTIs.) QD
the 2/3 & 3/3 of my triple combination antiretroviral therapy, along with Viramune; begun 08/25/2006 after EpZiCom (Epivir-3TC 300mg/Ziagen-abacavir sulfate 600mg) 05/06/2006-08/20/2006 nearly killed me

·        Viramune™ (nevirapine) 200mg, BID
the NNRTI 3/3 of my triple combination antiretroviral therapy

·        Zoloft™ (sertraline HCL) 50mg, QD in AM
for depression

·        Zovirax 5% ointment 15g
topical treatment for herpes outbreaks

Other supplements

·        alpha lipoic acid 300mg BID.
It helps with neuropathy.  Also improves insulin sensitivity (Built to Survive p. 48) and reduces damage to the liver (p. 108)

·        allergy injections 1x/month effective 8/17/04
I cannot be put on any beta blockers and continue allergy injections, as beta blockers block adrenalin -- which would make a systemic allergy reaction hard to treat

·        beta carotene 15mg QD
antioxidant

·        calcium 600mg+D 200iu BID (1000mg/day for those <50 per Consumer Reports September 2001, page 62; 1200-1500mg>50.)
bone strengthener, since I don't get calcium from dairy products (being lactose intolerant)

·        C 1000mg TID (per Built to Survive p. 25-26)
antioxidant

·        E 1000mg QD
antioxidant

·        glucosamine/chondroitin 750/600mg BID
joint function support -- to counteract clicking/cracking noises in both hips and joint pain in both shoulders

·        hypertonic saline solution washes of sinuses QD
to help prevent accumulation that leads to infection

·        L-carnitine 1000mg BID
It helps with neuropathy.  Plus it may have some effect on preventing development of mitochondrial toxicity and lactic acidosis.

·        L-lysine 500mg QD
herpes prophylaxis?

·        multi-vitamin QD
general good health
(See also summary of study by Dr. Mariana Baum of the University of Miami which found "HIV(+) people needed 6 to 25 times the RDA levels of essential nutrients to get healthy cellular levels of these nutrients." -- quoted in Built to Survive, p. 101)

·        NAC (N-acetyl-L-cysteine) 600mg (sustained release) TID
antioxidant and glutathione precursor

·        Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) 360mg / DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) 240mg, TID
help maintain heart and vascular health
Also appears to reduce the inflammation of arthritis.  In 1994, the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism reported that a group of subjects who had higher omega-3 intake were able to decrease levels of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs after three months. Potential as a natural treatment for depression according to Dr.Gerald Hurowitz, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, as published in the 9/2002 Biography.

·        Water 7+ liters QD (9 liters during sinus infections)
helps kidneys clear medications and also dilutes mucous to help avoid sinus infections.

As needed/PRN

·        Ana-KitTM (& EpiPen epinephrine auto-injector)
kept on-hand to counteract anaphylactic reaction at home

·        AveloxTM 400mg QD
for sinus & upper-respiratory infections -- helps

·        lidocaine 1% injectible (for Rocephin)
to reconstitute Rocephin & make injection burn less

·        Octicair Solution™ (neomycin & polymyxin & hydrocortisone otic)
for ear aches, generally associated with sinusitis

·        prednisone 20mg, take 3 (60 mg) if enter the red zone of asthma action plan.
"Call MD immediately for subsequent steroid dose."

·        Rocephin™ IM convenience kit, 500mg
kept on-hand to enable strong response to upper-respiratory infections that happen on weekends or vacation -- helps

·        TriMix 5cc vial .12cc (up to .25cc) qd prn + syringes.
injectible for ED.  It works, avoiding the stuffy nose and flushing of oral Viagra/Cialis/Levitra

 

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