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Lipoartrophy and Atripla

Dec 18, 2011

I have been positive for over three years now. I am on A Tripla and it works wonders. I have no noticeable side effects and A Tripla has proven to be very effective at keeping my viral load undetectable. I've never had a CD4 count of less than 525, my current numbers are between 600-700. I have currently been a little paranoid about lipoatrophy. I have not noticed any signs at this point, but I am a little concerned about it happening at some point. My doctor says that I can take A Tripla for years upon years as long as it is doing what it is meant to do. Should I be concerned about lipoatrphy and/or facial wasting with A Tripla at this point? My doctor says that was more common with older medications such as AZT.

Response from Dr. Pierone

The risk of developing lipoatrophy with Atripla is certainly less compared with the older medications like ddI, d4T, and AZT. Like your doctor, I have many patients who have been on Atripla for years without any evidence of lipoatrophy. It sounds like you should stay the present course and not lose any sleep over the issue. Simply monitor your facial situation and follow-up with your doctor if anything changes.

Good luck!

Sculptra in Pittsburgh
Cell-Assisted Lipotransfer (CAL) & Facial Wasting

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