|Choosing the best meds
Apr 10, 2006
I was just diagnosed HIV + (3/22/06). I am overwhelmed, and my mind is in overtime. One of the most important things Im concerned with is what meds would be the best for me. I am physically challenged, and therefore I can not get to the bathroom quickly. I need to know which meds that do not have side-effects, such as diarrhea or nausea (vomiting)?
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post and sorr to hear about your recent diagnosis.
First off, not everyone who's recently diagnosed goes onto treatment-- depending on your CD4 counts, it could be a very long time before you need to start.
There are medications that only rarely cause gastrointestinal side effects- for example non-nucleoside (non-nuke)-based treatments usually don't cause much in the way of nausea or diarrhea. Newer PIs, like atazanavir and fosamprenavir, likewise seem to cause a lower frequency of GI side effects.
So, let's wait for your lab work before being overwhelmed about medications. Being HIV+ is reason enough to have stress.
Write back anytime with questions, BY
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