|HIV med reactions
Jan 28, 2005
About 2 weeks ago I went to the hospital because I had caught a viral cold, with my cold I was having problems keeping my pills down, so now I seemed to have built some resistance to some of my meds. I am currently on Sustiva, Epivir, and tenofovir. I have been reacting to those meds really well. My viral load is undectable and my CD4 count is 450. I noticed after my hospital visits, which happened to be 2 of them all together. That I started getting really bad panic attacks, and with that I started getting really really blotchy on my chest and on my neck. I am currently and have been now for a week on a "pill holiday" due to my Dr. thinking that I need to relax with everything. I am wondering if the blotchiness is from anxeity, stress, or a haart med reaction. It also seems when I get my blotchiness it is usually when I am warm and the area around my heart feels like a burning sensation. I work out, I am in really good health, other than the hiv... I am just wondering what it could be, it is worrying me. Thank you. Melissa
| Response from Dr. Henry
It would be unusual to develop symptoms like you describe from your HIV meds after doing well on them for a period of time. One has to exercise caution when stopping Sustiva due to concern about resistance developing due to the long time that drug stays in the system (often > 1 week with the other drugs are gone in 1-2 days). KH
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