Nov 24, 2006
my cousin started taking rayataz and after 15 days his biliburine was very high.Is it normal at the beggining or it may become worse/better after some time?is it a sign that the medication should be stopped?
| Response from Dr. Young
Thank you for your post.
Elevations in total bilirubin are not uncommon (or serious) among persons taking the protease inhibitor atazanavir (Reyataz). For a minority of persons, this elevation can result in yellowing of the eyes (called icterus) or skin (called jaundice). Such appearance-related side effects, while disconcerting for many, reverses on discontinuation of medication.
For the majority of patients, elevations in bilirubin are a laboratory abnormality that does not result in any known long-term medical issues.
Hope this helps. BY
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