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Choosing my first time meds.

May 13, 2009

What med. can I take that will not have the side affect of stomich distension.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

Most of today's medications are very well tolerated by the vast majority of persons-- severe gastrointestinal side effects don't have to be the norm.

That said, it's more common for protease inhibitors to cause GI distress than the other classes of medications. So, if you're trying to construct a combination regimen, we would usually use two nukes (NRTIs) with a non-nuke (usually efavirenz); lately, encouraging early data suggests that NRTIs can be successfully combined with an integrase inhibitor (raltegravir) with excellent results and tolerability.

Hope this helps; write back any time.


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