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ddI once a day
Nov 6, 2000

hi doc...

Let me first say i am very grateful for this forum it has helped me greatly!

I have been hiv+ since 93. Currently viral load is undetectable and CD4 750. I have been on Crix 2x a day, zerit 40mg 2x and epivir 150mg 2x a dy. Until i was experiencing crix belly and wasting in limbs and face. i then went off meds for aprox 1 year. viral load was low and was starting to look more normal again but had huge nodes on the side of my neck. so i went back same meds again this time switching Crix for ziagen.

Glands went down now and stomach is not a big problem, but i am experiencing severe facial wasting and in my limbs and thinking of going off meds once again. i figure it is the zerit.

i take these meds cause they are easy to take. 2x dly and with or without food. can you recommend a different drug other than d4t easy to take? i have been on viramune but got broke out in rash when i first started a cocktail. dr says it will be worse if i go on it again.

i read in AEGIS.. ddI is approved for taking once a day with out food. i can handle that if its only once a day. and what is its association with fat redistribution.

thanks for your help!


Response from Dr. Boyle


ddI EC has now been approved and should be available in pharmacies shortly. It is one capsule, once a day on an empty stomach. The GI side effects of ddI are markedly decreased with this formulation, since most were due to the buffer, which has been eliminated in ddI EC. ddI has not been heavily associated with lipodystrophy, although there is some evidence that all of the NRTIs may have some involvement in that process. Since it is tough to know if you have a M184V mutation (which causes high grade 3TC resistance), I would consider an AZT (or ABC), ddI and Sustiva regimen. BB

Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Rash from Abacavir
Tested HIV+ and no detectable virus after 11 months

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