Dec 11, 2002
Is diarreha and vomiting normal 1st time side effects when just starting on meds?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Gastrointestinal side effects are the most common type of problem encountered by persons starting HIV meds. Vomiting is not as common as just a nauseated feeling with perhaps fullness and extra gas with some loss of appetite. Loose stools with extra gas for a while is also more common than frank diarrhea. Many of those side effects will decrease during the first several weeks on treatment or can be managed with other medications. A small percentage of patients continue to have troublesome side effects of that nature that would prompt a change to an alternative regimen. KH
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