|must start treatment ASAP, need help
Jul 19, 2005
I was supposed to start treatment this past weekend (cd4 105, VL 221k), but I was unable to because I got called into work and because of that I only get 1 day off this week. (I'm starting this coming weekend as I'll have 3 days off). I'm beginning Sustiva and Truvada. My physician gave me Bactrim, but because I had to have more labs done (treatment actuallly wasn't to start until after I had these last labs done, which I could do until today) because of my cd4 level. Now, my question is -- should I start the Bactrim now (before the other meds) or should I wait a few more days (until Sat.) when I begin the Sustiva/Truvada regimen?
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
There's no particular reason to delay starting the Bactrim while you wait to start your antretroviral medications. Bactrim (Septra, TMP/SMX) is a very important preventive medication-- taking it will virtually eliminate risk of getting Pneumocystis pneumonia.
Hopefully by now though, you'll have started in on your Sustiva/Truvada and found that the side effect profile is very acceptable.
Good luck, BY
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