|HIV meds side-effects
Oct 13, 2002
Are combivir or viramune linked to high cholesterol levels...I have had PCP twice and now I take combivir/viramune...My ID doctor has me go to a MD to have a EKG and a stress test done because my cholesterol level is high...The general MD sends me to have a stress test, but won't this procedure as HIV related which means Ryan White won't pay for the test...Do you agree that my high cholesterol isn't related to my HIV meds?
| Response from Dr. Boyle
Yes, I agree that it is unlikely that your cholesterol elevation is related to your HIV medications. However, if you had baseline levels that signficantly rose after antiretroviral therapy was started, I might change my mind. Generally, though Combivir and Nevirapine are not linked to significant elevations in lipids (cholesterol and trigrlycerides).
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