|Numbness In My Mouth
Oct 28, 2004
I started with a HAART (Sustiva, Epivir and Viread) in April of this year. Whereas my viral load is no longer detectable, my T-cells keep going up and down (between 48 and 78). About 3 weeks ago, a new "symptom" popped up, which has my doctor scratching his head! Perhaps one of you have encountered this before: My entire mouth, including my lips are numb, and tingling (like after a shot of Novacain). I also have the feeling like my mouth is constantly dried out. My doctor has checked for a fungal infection, but found none. I was taken off Epivir and Viread for a couple of weeks and put on Combivir, but that didn't do the trick either. Does anyone know what this could be? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Sometimes HIV patients (independent of their HIV drugs) develop the sicca syndrome which includes a very dry mouth (often the salivary glands don't work very well with that). Many drugs which have anti-cholinergic effects (such as benadryl) can aggravate the problem. I often get an ENT doc or dentist to evaluate to see what is going on. KH
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