|when will the side affects go away
Apr 5, 2004
I have been HIV positive since for 3 years, my numbers are good cd4-700 and viral load is 500, my treatment is sustiva,epivir,ziagen. My problem is I still have major problems falling to sleep, staying asleep, fatigue, memory problems. I feel like I am complaining too much, but when do these side affects go away? Also since going on meds my cholesterol has gone from 175 to 250 and won't go down, I have tried to cut down on fats. Thank you for all your help. Mike
| Response from Dr. Boyle
While the side effects associated with Sustiva go away in most patients, in a small percentage they do not. You seem to be one of those unlucky few. That in combination with your lipids would make me lean toward considering a substitution for the Sustiva. Also, with a viral load of 500 it is likely that you may have resistance to Epivir, and your doctor should attempt to obtain a resistance test to evaluate for that and other possible resistance. Even if it does not show Epivir resistance, I would probably not use Epivir in the new regimen.
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