|long term use of meds
Aug 25, 2004
I have been takeing once a days meds for about 11/2 -2 years, have been having painful joint issues. I am seeing an orthopedic person because of the severity of the pain in my lower back & hips. (arthritis does run in the family).
any way taking bactrim, videx ec, tenoforvir. I know these meds can cause joint pain. these pains began in february & have worsended through the year to the point I have to take pain meds.
Can side the effects from the meds begin begin after long term use? (Like the blood levels are at toxic levels)?
| Response from Dr. Henry
If your HIV regimen is only Videx EC and tenofovir I am usually not satisfied with that regimen except under unusual circumstances. Back/hip problems are not common with that combination but could happen (variety of links such as uric acid arthropathy, neuropathy, aseptic necrosis of the hip, kidney problems, lactic acidosis-etc). Yes problems can develop after long term stable use so seeing an HIV specialist who knows your situation is often key to sorting out the possiblities. KH
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