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Apr 7, 2002
Thank you for your expedient reply. Since my hunch is in the right direction and videx is the only nuke in my regimen(along with viracept&sustiva)would a switch to viread be at all beneficial fot this horrid hair loss problem ? My I.D. doc gave me the script,but I have yet to switch,because I did not know if a nucleotide is potentially more toxic to unifected body cells (i.e. hair follicles) than nucleosides. Also, what about adjuct nutritional therapies,specifically aminos or supplemental atp-friend, foe or waste of money? I'm seeing a functional medicine MD,but my appointment isen't for a month. BTW all of us out here thank you for your time, patience and reassurrance from the bottoms of our hearts.When a situation requiring clarification seems hopeless you have a way of alleviating our anxiety.
Response from Dr. Boyle
There are no data to say that switching from Videx to Viread would help with your hair loss, but you might give it a try. It is unlikely to be a problem HIV wise so long as your viral load is <50 when you make the switch. As far as supplemental medications to help, I have never seen any actually help, but again if they're cheap and harmless why not give them a try for awhile and if you don't notice any improvement stop tehm. Make sure, however, that you review each one with your doctor so that you make sure there are no potential drug interaction problems. Finally, Rogaine or Propecia may be worth a try too.
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