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Truvada side-effects?
Nov 29, 2004

Hi... I have been on treatment for 6 weeks, starting with Epzicom/Sustiva, switched to Truvada at week 2 because of a developing reaction. (My Dr. claims he has a cabinet full of returned Ziagen products..he said he may cease using it as a first line... so much for the company's 3% reports of "sensitivity".) So far, I feel pretty normal. I have noticed one difference in my general systemic function: After I eat anything containing a substantial amount of sugar, I could fall fast asleep standing up. Could this be hypoglycemia? Is it any danger?

Also, I seem to have soft stools; not diarrhea, but not the once-per-day normal stool I generally have. I have no bloating, gas or cramping, so I can't imagine this is any infectious manifestation. Any thoughts? Thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

A number of patients report to me that their stools are modestly impacted by tenofovir (more than with the FTC component of Truvada). I have not observed nor have I seen data that hypoglycemia is increased among patients on Truvada though checking several fasting blood chemitries/glucose levels can quickly sort that out. KH

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