Feb 4, 2007
I started Atripla 5 days ago. On day three, I noticed a blistery, red rash on my chin. Then last night, I noticed the rash climb up my cheek and my lip is starting to swell. My face begins to hurt.
I'm not scheduled to see me my MD for three weeks, so is it okay for me to stop? How will my body deal with the temporary drug holiday when I have my drug regimen adjusted? Will this make my HIV drug resistant?
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
The first thing I'd have to say is that it's really a bad idea to stop your medications without consulting and notifying your healthcare provider first.
In your case, this likely means that you should get an appointment to see your treater before deciding that your symptoms are due to your HIV medications.
A localized rash on the chin doesn't sound like a drug reaction to me, but with lip swelling certainly meets my threshold for medical evaluation (not an internet consultation). BY
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