What to do about meds and pregnancy
Jan 16, 2006
I just found out I am pregnant and have a low cd4 count (19). My last labs show my viral load at 230,000. I just completed drug rehab for an addiction to Vicodan and have not been taking my meds properly. I need to know what meds I should take or not at this time and can I have a healthy baby and remain healthy during a pregnancy.
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
Congratulations on completing your rehab-- it's no easy thing.
With your current CD4 cell count and pregnancy, there are a lot of reasons why you should consider resuming treatment for HIV. While some experts would recommend waiting until the end of the first trimester (to avoid some of the risk to your baby), your current CD4 count indicates significant risk to you should resumption be delayed longer.
About the only medications to avoid at this point are efavirenz (Sustiva) and the combination of d4T (Zerit) and ddI (Videx). Past that, the key objective is to lower your viral load and increase your CD4 count with combination medications that are as best tolerable and adhered to as possible.
Good luck, keep us informed about your decisions and progress towards a happy and healthy baby (and mother). BY
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- What Is The Risk Of Getting HIV From Piercing?
- Does HIV Cause Burning Penis?
- Is Itchy Rash A Possible Sign Of Ars?
- Itchy Skin Could I Have Acute HIV Infection
- Blood In Semen After Sucking Penis Worried I Have HIV
- Burning Penis After Unprotected Anal Sex Without Ejaculation Does It Mean I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.