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AZT related side effects
Mar 15, 1999

My friend has had HIV for more than 8 years. She is taking AZT, and now is suffering from severe anemia, bone problems, soreness all over her body, knee swelling, and severe pinpoints of pain in her hip. Can any of these problems be related to the AZT? Do you have any ideas about what may be causing these symptoms? Thank you.

Response from Mr. Molaghan

Hello Anemia is a common side effect of AZT. Your friend may feel extreme fatigue as a result of severe anemia. Some of her aches and pains could be due to anemia, but it sounds like she has several challenges. AZT induced anemia can usually be treated nicely with a drug called Procrit. This drug stimulates red blood cell production and could make your friend feel better. Has she ever had a blood transfusion? Procrit also decreases the need for frequent blood transfusion. She needs to discuss this with her doctor (maybe you could help her!) She also may need help with advocacy, to insure that she has adequate pain assessment and management. Good Luck.

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