Jun 4, 1999
I'm having constant diarrhea, which I think (but don't want to believe) is due to drug's secondary effects (and if it is, am I supposed to just get used to it?). I take Epivir, D4-T, Ritonavir and Saquinavir for about 2,5 years. My viral load is raising (1300 - seven months ago) but my CD4 is okay now (470). I have a history of cryptosporidiosis and stay always worried. Everything I eat becomes a disaster the next day and I try always to eat grilled food , no leaves sallads...
Sometimes I have to take Imosec pills (I don't know if the name is this in English) to leave home! I don't know if it's advisable!
Resuming, I would like to know if there's a way of getting rid of the diarrhea or at least eating a kind of food that would help me to minimize the problem.I live in Brazil.
Anyway, I'll be checking this site looking for answers.I'm getting desperate. Thanks a lot for any adivice.
Response from Dr. Fisher
First of all you should have your stool examined to see if you have cryptosporidiosis again or another infection causing the diarrhea. A sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy might even be necessary to be certain.
I'm not familiar with imosec.
For food think of the BRAT diet: B for bananas, R for rice, A for apples (fruit, sauce or juice), T for tea (for fluid).
Avoid dairy products, fresh vegetables. Nonfat yogurt is a good supplement as is glutamine and pancreatic enzymes.
Alvan Fisher, M.D.
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