|Switched to Viramune
Jul 9, 2003
I use to take Compivar and Sustiva for about a year no bad side effects. I switched to viramune and compivar and Viread. After about a week I started gettingn bad gas. Now about 3 weeks later I have alot of diarrhea especially about 15 - 30 minutes after eating. Is there anything I can do. My doctor gave me Flagel and Cipro to see if it was a bug I picked up but has not done any good so far. About 8 days on them. Could it just be the Viramune? Help
| Response from Dr. Henry
GI side effects are not particularly common with Viramune but nonspecific abdominal pain and diarrhea is seen. I would make sure your liver is OK as well as look for GI infections/parasites before using further empiric antibiotics. Use of calcium or fiber supplements and/or immodium (1-2 tablets/day and then try to taper down) helps sometimes on an empiric basis. KH
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