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Irritable bowel syndrome?
Jun 15, 2003

I'm HIV+, CD4s 720, VL indect. I take; Norvir 400mg 2xD Crixivan 400mg 2xD Combivir 2xD Acyclovir 800mg 2xD as a preventive for shingles. I've been on this combination since 6/98 Have had zero side effects.

Response from Dr. Henry

Irritable bowel syndrome is often a diagnosis of exclusion. Most patients on ritonavir/indinavir have some GI side effects from that. In my experience even patients who tolerate that regimen have ongoing irregular bowel patterns. I would have a hard time distinguishing between irritable bowel syndrome and PI-related side effects in most cases. Immodium, calcium supplements, oat bran can help both in some cases. Since there are many options for alternative HIV meds, a trial on a different regimen (even for 2-3 months to see what happens to your GI complaints) may be worthwhile if you have options left (no history of prior drug failures). KH

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