Treatment For Hemophiliac
Sep 20, 2002
My friend is a hemophiliac who contracted the HIV virus via contaminated Factor VIII product in the 80's. He began to take medication for AIDS symptoms just in the last two years. His question is this...He was first taking Viracept, but was taken off this medication after too many side effects. He was taking Viread, Zerit, and Epivir but is suffering again from too many side effects. Is there any drug combination that you may know of that has a higher percent rate of success in treating hemophiliacs with AIDS?
Response from Dr. Henry
In general hemophiliacs don't suffer from a different set of side effects of HIV drugs than other patient populations. There are 16 different HIV drugs now available which can be used in hundreds of different combinations. Usually-though sometimes by a trial and error process-there is a combination that can be tolerated by almost any patient. Some folks seem more susceptible to side effects for unclear reasons. Your friend's initial regimens are well tolerated by many if not most patients on them. Some of the side effects diminish over time or can be managed to a tolerable level so treatment can be continued. If the side effects persist, a change is often in order. What might work depends on that history of treatment, status of other disease process es and organs (i.e. liver, bone marrow, neuropathy). Most HIV specialist are used to working with patient to fit a decent fit of drug and patient. KH
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