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Stopping Norvir as booster
Apr 10, 2006

I am presently taking tenofovir, abacavir and fosamprenavir with norvir as a booster. The norvir is a constant cause of diarrhea issues. I do take imodium to alleviate it but then that sort of helps. I still get some diarrhea(though less) but it ends up causing constipation as well - even if I take only 1 imodium a day or even every two days. I would like to stop taking norvir entirely . My current cd4's are around 190 with an undetectable viral load. I am seeing my doctor next week and will tell him of my intentions to stop the norvir. WHat is your opinion on this? Thanks

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

It's possible to reduce or eliminate the ritonavir (Norvir) from fosamprenavir (Lexiva, Telzir)-based treatments-- the ritonavir is associated with the side effects that you've described.

Before you stop, I'd be sure to discuss your plans and needs with your doctor- he'll be able to provide individualized advice and monitor your labs after any treatment change.

Best, BY

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