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cryptococcal meningitis Resistant to Protease Inhibitors
Apr 1, 2005

What would you advise a patient with CD4s of 8, a Viral Load over 100,000, off therapy for six months because of wasting that may have been caused by meds?

weight returned from about 129lbs. to 160lb after stopping Crixivan, Kaletra, Combivir, Viread.

Resistance to all usual antivirals, Protease Inhibitors and Fuzeon.

Diflucan is no longer effective. Vfend (Voriconazole), also not effective.

Taking Valcyte(for CMV), Bactrim and Acyclovir. Also taking injections of Neupogen, anddaily infusions of Ampho B. Kidney labs bad.

Response from Dr. Henry

Clearly a tough situation. Maximizing nutrition, maintain good body weight (check testosterone levels),prevention of other opportunistic infections, aggressive use of amphotericin--those treatments can often maintain a person's health. There are a number of new HIV meds in the pipeline though availability is 1-2 years away for most. Your HIV specialist would be the best person to evaluate with your past history when might be the best time to try and re-initiate antiretroviral therapy. KH

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