|side effects might be fatal?
Jun 19, 2007
I was recently prescribed Kaletra, Truvada and Ziagen and my doctor informed me I can end up in ICU with high fever or possible death...my questin is why would I be prescribed such a medicine that may kill me or leave me in ICU...what are the side effects of these medicines when taken together?
| Response from Dr. Pierone
The doctor was probably referring to the Ziagen (abacavir) component of this cocktail, which can produce a serious and rarely fatal hypersensitivity syndrome. Unless you have known drug-resistant virus, the Ziagen is one drug too many and the potential side effects outweigh any potential benefit. A second opinion seems in order. Best of luck!
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