|very high alt and hiv meds
Jun 17, 2007
my liver enzymes are very high, I was wondering if my hiv meds might be contributing to this issue. I am taking sustiva and combivir. I get well, don't drink or drug. was thinking about a drug holiday since me HIV numbers are up..
Response from Dr. McGovern
Sustiva can occasionally cause hepatitis. However, I would simply follow the numbers before doing anything. The height of the numbers is important as well. If they are not greater than five time normal, then simple repeating is just fine.
I would not stop your medications if you are feeling fine (eg, you do not have right upper quadrant pain, nausea, jaundice, loss of appetite, etc).
Many medications, including statins, etc, can cause mild abnormalities of liver function tests that are not clinically important. First check with your doctor.
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