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Side effects of HIV treatment
May 21, 2002

Can the combination of Sustivir and Viread cause cancre sores in the the throat?

Response from Dr. Henry

Severe cancre sores or aphthous ulcers are common in the general population and probably more common/severe in HIV infected persons. The actual cause of them is unknown but is felt to be possibly immunologic. I am not aware of any particular increase in cancre sores due to that particular combination of medications. Topical analgesics (viscous xylocaine) or various magic mouthwash recipes are often used for symptomatic treatment. If the problem is new and severe/recurrent for you and the medications are new then a review of your treatment history and consideration of a switch in meds may be reasonable to observe for any improvement. It often takes weeks for the flare-ups to subside. KH

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