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L Carnitine and Atripla
Sep 9, 2011

Hello Dr. Frascino,

After 8 months on Atripla and started Neuropathy ( numbness,tingling, shooting pain on my toes) about a month ago ( probably because TB meds that stopped about 6 weeks ago), I decided to try L Carnitine powder. I don't have diabetes history at all My questions; 1.Is there any drug interaction between Atripla and L carnitine? ( I take Atripla every night and L carnitine 5 grams every morning before breakfast) 2.Should I take alpha lipoic acid as well for neuropathy? 3.Is it true that Far Infra Red Socks for diabetic could help relieve neuropathy ? 4.Is there any possibility that Sustiva in Atripla related to neuropathy ?

Thank you in Advance,


Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello, Ivan.

1. Nope.

2. I have not seen convincing scientific evidence that this is helpful.

3. Again, I have not seen any scientific evidence that this would help.

4. Unlikely.

See link below for additional information on HIV-associated neuropathy. You could also consult a neurologist to confirm the diagnosis and get additional advice on potential treatments.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

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