|Adding Ritonavir to my regimen
Nov 5, 2001
I have been taking Crixivan & Combivir since 1997 (never taken anything else).
My doctor has mentioned a few times to me about adding reitonavir to my regimen and this would mean only taking crixivan twice daily, and as well there are no issues with what I eat before & after taking my meds.
I am considering adding Ritonavir but I am worried that it may affect my viral load & CD4 or I may experience side effects which to date my only side effects have been very dry lips and one bout with Kidney Stones.
I now live a very active life including being gainfully employed and would like to know if you could provide me any information on potential side effects etc. would be greatly appreciated.
| Response from Dr. Boyle
You have done extremely well with your indinavir regimen and adding ritonavir is a tough issue. It will make the regimen simpler, but it may also be associated with increased side effects. As a result of the side effects (which are mostly gastrointestinal in nature), one study (BEST) recently showed that more patients may stop or fail the regimen once ritonavir is added. I suspect that you are very used to taking the inidinavir three times a day on an empty stomach, and unless you feel some need to change, I probably wouldn't urge your to do so. If you do feel you might benefit from the change, consider trying it, with a quick change back to your old regimen if you run into tolerance issues.
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