Apr 12, 2006
I am hetro- male and have been taking tenofovir, sustiva and lamividine for the past three years, my problem is my breasts are swelling and very painful. As I write this Question they have grown to almost 32DD, I am shy to move around with my mates. Been to my Doctor and he said there is nothing he can do, please help
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
There have been several reports of breast enlargement (gynecomastia) in men receiving efavirenz (Sustiva, Strocrin). Here's the PubMed link to one: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15125753&dopt=Abstract
While not definitive, these studies suggest that your breast enlargement may be due to the HIV medication.
I'd discuss the possibility of switching from efavirenz to a different "third" antiretroviral medication.
Good luck, BY
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