|Changing My Meds to Hopefully Lessen the Severity of My Lipodystrophy
May 20, 2003
For the past couple of years I have been on the combination treatment of Norvir, Crixivan, Viread, & Rescriptor. My viral load has basically remained undetectable, and my T-cells have fluctuated between 150-250 (the same place they have remained for 15 years). I have asked my doctor to change/recommend a new cocktail to hopefully reverse, or at least prevent from getting worse, the Lipodystrophy which has caused my face to deflate, butt & legs to lose all meat/mass, and my stomach to become extremely huge, hard and extend out like a pregnant woman carrying twins. The pains in my stomach are quite severe after a meal, and swells excessively everytime I eat even small portions. He has now put me on a combination of Ziagen, Viread & Sustiva. This seems like a relatively easy regimen to keep up with. Will these new meds prevent further lipodystrophy, or at least stop the pain from my extended bloated stomach. Please advice which combo might be the best suggestion if these are not what you would choose. Much Thanks, Rich DaCunha, NYC.
Response from Dr. Moyle
I think your Doctor has chosen the lowest risk combination, based on current evidence, that anyone could find. The timelines for fat recovery however are long...it may be a year or 2 before you notice (or perhaps as important, others notice) an improvement in the fat loss components. Belly increase often gets a bit better quite quickly after this type of change. Remember to keep up with a diet and exrecise program too. Good luck Graeme
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