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HIV Meds and Gallbladder Disease?
Aug 11, 2004

I am a 42 year old male who has been taking Combivir and Viramune for four years with execellent results, viral load less than 50, CD-4 600-800 for the past 3years. I have a collesteral count of 97, do not eat fatty foods as a rule and exercise. I recently had a massive attack of Gallstones. My gallbladder had to be removed. There is no history of Gallstones in my family. Does Viramune and or Combivir cause Gallbladder Disease? If so should I consider taking different meds?


Response from Dr. Henry

The medications you are taking are not clearly linked to gall bladder disease. I have had several dozen HIV+ patients over the years develop gall bladder disease without any common treatment regimen. Gallbladder disease is common in the general population even without a family history so often it is not related to HIV or antiretroviral therapy (certain infections can cause gallbladder disease such as some parasites or CMV disease seen in AIDS patients). KH

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