|sustiva and moderate/severe rash
Mar 28, 2005
after seven days into treatment with once-daily sustiva/truvada, i developed a rash that is moderate at best (prior to this combo, i was treatment-naive). i'm now at day nine, and the rash has not yet abated in severity (my entire body is covered with slightly raised red blotches, though no blistering/scaling at this point). i have told my physician that i would like to try to push through this since other side effects are minimal with this combo. he has prescribed some predisone and recommended benadryl/allegra to try to control the histamine reaction. my two questions are (sorry for sneaking in two!): 1. is it reasonable to hope that i can eventually clear a moderate/severe rash caused by the sustiva? my physician has seen numerous cases of viramune-based rashes that eventually go away, but is unsure whether it is reasonable to try to make it through a sustiva-induced one. 2. does the above course of action seem reasonable to try to control the appearance of the rash? thanks for any insight!
| Response from Dr. Henry
Often Sustiva rashes can be treated through if watched carefully. Usually prednisone has not been too helpful. I have also seen some benefit with Trazadone along with the antihistamines you are taking. KH
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