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Viracept Diarrhea and Imodium AD
Nov 13, 2000

I have been having diarrhea and audible stomach growling ever since I started taking Viracept approximately 8 months ago. The side effects have not gone away or even lessened. The only remedy that works is Imodium AD, but I am not sure if it can be taken forever. It seems to be for infrequent bouts of diarrhea. How long can I take Imodium AD without it being harmful to me? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Response from Dr. Henry

You might want to try taking the Immodium AD an hour before your Viracept dose on a regular basis for several weeks. Then , you can try to decrease the Immodium by dropping one of the Immodium doses (I have many patients who just take -- let's say -- a morning Immodium dose). Immodium can be used safely long-term. Taking Viracept with more food sometimes helps, as dose taking it Fibrocon, oat bran tablets, or calcium supplements. Hope that helps some. KH

Keith Henry, M.D.

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