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does isentress cause lipoatrophy?

Jan 1, 2013

i am taking lsentress,norvir,prezista and epzicom are any of these the cause of lipoatrophy i have been hiv since 1984 1200 t cell count and none detectable viral load. aquired lipo some time ago due to other drugs .tahnk you for your response have taken

Response from Dr. Pierone

Isentress is not known for producing lipoatrophy. The nucleosides are associated with lipoatrophy and Epzicom is a member of this class. However, Epzicom is less likely to lead to lipoatrophy than other nukes like AZT or d4T (Zerit).

The regimen you are on contains 4 effective active agents instead of the usual three drugs. It is possible that the Epzicom may not be necessary and this is a conversation you may want to have with your doctor.

Good luck!

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