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facial wasting - DD
Feb 19, 2001

could any of the hiv meds i'm on be the cause of my facial wasting i've been experiencing? i'm currently taking zerit, sustiva, and videx. i also cycle anabolics and have cycled serostim to some extent, which helped with the facial wasting a little. can anything be done to prevent facial wasting?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Facial wasting is a symptom of lipodystrophy/atrophy often associated with the D drugs: D4T (zerit) DDI (videx) and ddc. There is significant anecdotal data implicating those drugs in facial wasting. I would ask your MD to check your lactate level and consider a new combination of medications. Using the least likely drugs to cause facial wasting AZT, 3TC, Abacavir may help prevent it, but of course there is no guarantee. DTD

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