|meds causing diarrhoea
Feb 22, 2010
am 45yrs old women, HIV-ve on rx since August 2009. My cd4 is 530 & vl LTD currently on aluvia & truvada. My main problem is that since taking the meds i'm experiencing diarrhoea in the morning and sometimes during the day especially if i take offending foods. What could be the cause of this daily diarrhoea, should i request the doctor to switch the medication even if its working wonders for me. The diarrhoea really frustrate me but in general i am doing fine.
| Response from Dr. McGowan
Thanks for your question.
If the diarrhea started only after beginning the the combination it may indeed be a side effect. Aluvia (ritonavir/lopinavir) can often cause diarrhea. Depending on how bad it is you may want to switch or ask your doctor for anti-dirrhea medication (loperamide) or calcium carbonate (ask your doctor first).
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