|Switching meds, when to do labs
Nov 3, 2012
My doctor is on medical leave and his nurse is reluctant to answer my question. I am switching to Stribild next week and need to know when to schedule labs after the switch. I am on a similar regimen now (Isentress/Truvada) and have been undetectable for over 5 years. What's the 411 here?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
My general philosophy is to recheck the numbers (not just the viral load and CD4 count, but liver and kidney function tests) at about a month after switching HIV meds, and then again at 3 months. Some of this is stylistic, but can also be dictated by the need for closer follow-up, if there is already other medical problems that exist, other medications that are already on board that could result in drug interactions, among other reasons.
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