Long term side effects of Hiv Meds
Sep 6, 2002
What are the long term side effects of the so called triple cocktails.I have been taking Kaletra,Zerit and Epivir for about 2 years and am concerned about the long term side effects. I am worried that the drugs will kill be before Aids does.
Response from Dr. Henry
The mortality from AIDS is high when the CD4 count is < 200. In the days before potent therapy, I had a patient dying weekly (average age = 30s) and they suffered through an average of 4 and a half AIDS defining events before it all became too much for them. The suffering was terrible. Potent therapy promises to protect a person from AIDS for a long time. The side effects associated with treatment are annoying and sometimes a health threat but are not in the same ball park as untreated AIDS. Your particular regimen contains Kaletra(GI complaints and long term worries about lipid/fat abnormalities), Epivir (usually well tolerated long tern-? effects on fat), and Zerit (usually well tolerated but concern about fat loss, neuropathy, pancreatitis, and lactic acidosis long-term). Most patients do well for several years with your regimen--we are still learning about what happens over longer periods (still new) such as 3,4,5+ years. KH
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