Rayataz to Lexiva
Oct 10, 2006
I've been on Epzicom, Rayataz, Novir for 10 month now. I had good VL surpression within weeks. My CD4 went up from 250 to 377 (20% to 30%) - so far so good. I have problems with my stomach al the time (accid) as well as high biliburin levels. For the last two++ month I had most days bad fatigue. Today my doctor switched my Rayataz to Lexiva. He thinks that might help with the stomach problems and elevated biliburin. As to the fatigue he wasn't sure... Does that switch sound like a good move to you? Is the risk of liphostrophy higher with Lexiva than Rayataz? What about other side effects?
Response from Dr. Wohl
The best reason to switch you from Reyataz may be that now you can freely use medications to treat acid reflux (drugs like Prilosec or Nexium). These drugs can not be taken with Reyataz. It seems less likely the Reyataz itself was causing the stomach problems you had, although, if your symptoms have improved, that may be the case. Certainly, the bilirubin will go down but, most people do not have symptoms associated with elevations of bilirubin unless they are very high.
There are no data to suggest Lexiva will cause more body shape issues than Reyataz - and frankly, the data are unclear regarding protease inhibitors by themselves and fat changes (despite popular opinion). It is possible that your triglyceride levels will go up on Lexiva compared to Reyataz, but that can be managed. So, overall, if you are feeling better and your counts are still great, this has been a good move.
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