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Changing the present regime OR add new drugs

Oct 27, 2004

hi, My brother Has taking stavudine/lamivudine/effavir for nearly 2 years.3months back viral load is >600,000. Diarrhoea iscoming regulery 10-15days period.Loss of wgt. what we have to do ,whether we change to some other regime OR add some more drug. Is diarrhoea can be due to drug sideeffect . I am waiting for your reply egarly. I am dr. working in India.


Response from Dr. Lee

I am very concerned that he is not on adequate therapy as it sounds as though his viral load is not responding to the treatment. He surely has significant resistance and you may have difficulty finding an effective regimen. I suggest if possible he gets a genotype ASAP and consider changing therapy soon. If no genotype is possible, you need to assume at least a nucleoside 184 mutation (= resistance to Epivir) and a 103 mutation (= resistance to Effavirenz and ALL non-nucleosides). He probably has even more significant nucleoside resistance (in fact he likely has resistance to most all the nucleosides). A regimen with protease inhibitor(s) is necessary.

Be well.

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