Apr 9, 2006
Hi there, I would just like to find out. My son is 10 years old and is HIV+, he has changed meds to Kaletra, 3TC and Truvada. What is your opinion on these meds. His liver is abit enlarged and his face is abit sunken.
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post, mom--
I'm a little confused (perhaps your son's doctor is confused)-- Truvada is the combination of tenofovir with FTC; there's no reason to use FTC with 3TC (indeed, the drugs are virologically speaking, clones).
Truvada with lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) is a potent combination that is generally well tolerated; some patients have difficulty with gastrointestinal side effects from lopinavir/ritonavir. The justification for switching and the selection of medications has a lot to do with his past treatment history and any issues related to drug resistance.
As for his liver enlargement and facial sunkeness-- there's need to continue to monitor your son's labs and symptoms following a change in any medications.
Best wishes to him and you, let us know how he's doing. BY
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