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swollen lymph nodes
Jan 28, 2007

My husband was taking truvada and sustiva and doing very well. His doctor took him off and he stated taking atripla. When he stated the first meds the swollen nodes stated to get smaller, now that he is on atripla they have gotten big again. He considering having them removed, do you think that will be safe.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Having swollen lymph nodes removed is not a good idea! I suggest your husband work with his HIV specialist to determine why the nodes have again become swollen. Does he have an intercurrent opportunistic infection or malignancy? Is his HIV disease flaring because he's become resistant to one or more components of his Atripla? The cause of the swelling needs to be determined as a next step.

Good luck to both you and your husband.

Dr. Bob

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