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re: starting soon

Sep 7, 2011

I've been taking combivir + Kaletra as PEP after a condom failure w/ a woman that too little too late investigation associated with a heroine house (started at 60 hours, hopefully that wasn't too late). To make a long story short, I had side effects only for the first couple of days. The remainder of the month (I'm down to only a few more days) has been w/o side effects. The "side effects" I had could have been from the psychological shock of realizing what a huge mistake I made, could have been things "caught" from her, or they could have been legitimate side effects. They only lasted a few days. They included SEVERE diarhea/dehydration and radical insomnia. That's it. The gastro troubles could have also been from having stopped eating for two days (the above mentioned shock). Also note, after I started eating again (and taking the meds with a meal), no more side effects. Take the meds with food, if possible, unless instructed otherwise.

Response from Dr. Young

Hi and thanks for sharing.

Good to hear that even your severe side effects resolved after a few days. You're right, most regimens are better with food. FWIW, most current HIV treatment regimens are even better tolerated than your PEP regimen.

Cheers, BY

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