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HIV patient

Apr 9, 2003

Three weeks ago, my doctor prescribed trizivir to replace combivir in my anti-hiv regiman, which had consisted of combivir and viracept.I am free of any of the more dramatic symptoms of allergic reaction to the abacavir in trizivir, but seem to be sleepy more frquently. Is this part of the allergic response to abacavir, or is it more likely anemia developing as a result of having three nucleoside analogues in my regiman now, rather than only two?

Response from Dr. Henry

Chronic fatigue/sleepiness would unlikely be a part of the abacavir hypersensitivity reaction. If no other symptoms develop then that is extremely unlikely. A simple complete blood count would check for anemia which also seems unlikely. Patients often have idiosyncratic symptoms that are hard to pin down and often not well described in the literature. If your sleepiness worses or doesn't get better over the next several weeks/months then a decision has be be made whether switching your meds around further should be considered. Other medical conditions (such as low thyroid, testosterone deficiency, depression) need to be considered as well during an evaluation be your HIV specialist. KH

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