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Jun 2, 2005

Greetings! Back around Jan. 1st. I started a salvage treatment. Fuzeon-Tipranavir-Viread-Norvir&Trizivir. I had VERY good results Viral load going from 500,000 down to under 500 and t-cells going from 155 up to 475 as of today. Heres the thing I have stayed on the Fuzeon and Tipranavir and Viread only for the past 2 months. the other 2 drugs(Norvir & Trizivir) seemed to make me feel like crap. I did not tell my Dr. that I altered the regiment and today when i went for my visit my viral is now 7000. Not much but I feel that I need to add the 2 drugs back to my regiment to kep it under control and I'll deal with he side effects.. Is this ok and safe to restart these two??? Thnaks for your help!

Response from Dr. Henry

You need to fess up to your doc so he/she can interpret the situation as accurately as possible. The Norvir is needed to make the Tipranavir effective and the Trizivir (3 drugs) may be a key part of your regimen. You need to work with your HIV doc to address/treat symptoms you experience on that demanding regimen. KH

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