|hiv and hep c
Aug 2, 1999
what are the best hiv meds to be on if you're going on rebetron for hep c?
| Response from Dr. Cohen
We don't know the best to be on. We do know two to avoid, however - as both AZT/retrovir and D4T/zerit can compete in the cell with the ribavirin part of the rebetron - so you would need to use meds other than those two.
Other than avoiding those two, there is debate but only a little info. In general you would need to avoid meds that often can lead to hepatitis - but if you are already on some meds that can occasionally cause hepatitis and are not having any problems - then you probably don't have to switch. Keep in mind, however, that virtually all antivirals can sometimes have some problem in the liver (tho some much more than others) - and those with Hep C appear to be more at risk for having such trouble.
Another problem with those who have Hep C is that it is hard to even know how to judge liver trouble - since there can be increases in liver enzymes and we are not always sure what significance these bumps will have.
good luck. CC
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