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May 28, 2004

i was diagnosed with hiv and am now on kaletra and combivir. my tongue and throat are really sensitive and am having trouble swallowing. also experience nausea is this normal

Response from Dr. Henry

Ritonavir often can cause unusual oral sensations as you describe. HIV related infections such as oral thrush/esophagitis can also cause symptoms like you describe. Nausea is common with those meds (often worse early-can be helped with meds such as Reglan or Marinol, taking meds with food, and other interventions your HIV specialist could offer). KH

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