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cant swollow
Dec 30, 2011

my wife since being abused as a child has not been able to swallow pills of any size psychological we know the doctors wanted to do atripla like me impossible i have problems with that one myself they want to do a 3 regimen of 2 liquids and 1 she can dissolve but there having problems getting one i guess is there more then 1 treatment for her

Response from Dr. McGowan

I have had several patients who also cannot swallow pills.

If there is no drug resistance there are liqiuid forms of meds (many are used in pediatric patients), such as ziagen, emtriva, epivir, retrovir, viramune, and kaletra. In addition, Intelence can be easily dissolved in water. Other medications could be crushed and taken with apple sauce or food.

Depnding on her CD4 (less than 250 to use viramune) and other factors (a test called HLAB5701 before ziagen use, for example), there may be a few good combination options for her. Discuss with your doctor.

Joe



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