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Lexiva and combivir

Nov 13, 2004

My doctor has prescribed lexiva and combivir, twice daily, as my initial treatment. Is this a 'normal' first treatment option? What side effects should I be concerned with?

Response from Dr. Pierone

This is a normal treatment option and should work well. The main side effects to be on the lookout for are AZT (in Combivir) induced nausea, headache, or anemia. Lexiva can cause nausea and diarrhea. There is a trend towards use of once daily therapy in HIV infection in order to facilitate adherence, but many people do well on twice daily therapy. Good luck!

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