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Jun 18, 2005

I stopped taking my meds (Reyataz, Norvir & Truvada) because of side effects. How life threatening can this be?

Response from Dr. Henry

Stopping a boosted protease inhibitor regimen usually is OK as far as risks for resistance development. If you have been sick with AIDS or have had a low CD4 count (< 200) then there is concern about increased risk for development of a life threatening AIDS -related infection/condition in the near future. If your CD4 count neveer was < 250 is is usually safe over the short term to stop meds though some patients may develop an acute HIV like syndrome. There usually is an alternative regimen than can be tried of a particular regimen is causing too many side effects. You should discuss with your HV provider. KH

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