|Influenza & Serostim
Apr 3, 2005
After being on Serostim for about two weeks (with good results), I caught the flu from my roommate. When I began getting quite a bit of fever, I became a little afraid and discontinued the Serostim. I was worried that perhaps I was developing some kind of side effect or reaction from the Serostim although I haven't read that fever or flu-like symptoms are "typical" side effects of this medication.
Now, almost a week has past and I'm certain that what I've had has been the flu, which is better but not over yet. My question is as follows: Is it generally considered safe to maintain or restart Serostim therapy with the presence of the flu or flu-like symptoms (fevers, chills, body aches, etc.)? In other words, is it okay to restart Serostim with the flu or would it be advisable to wait a few more days until the fevers have completely subsided and start the Serostim again?
When I began the Serostim therapy, my main side effects were joint and muscle aches, nothing more.
Your opinion will be appreciated. Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Henry
From what you described it generally would be OK (with your HIV docs permission) to re-start the Serostim and observe carefully how you do. KH
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