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Jun 12, 2000

if combivir causes red blood cell depletion, what is the prudent course of action? Transfusions would not be desirable. Is there any other treatment? treating patients with AZT or Combivir, how long would red blood depletion occur? What would be the best course of action? Have tried Epigen with no effect. Any input would be appreciated.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The anemia you describe is probably related to AZT in combivir and not the 3TC. It can be increased by other meds such as Septra for PCP prophylaxis. I am not sure by the title of the question about resistance. If anemia is a concern, there are many other options for HIV therapy that do not cause anemia.


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