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Antibiotics
Jul 14, 2005

I wonder if you could help me. Both my daughter and myself are hiv+ My daughter is 8 years old and currently doing very well on viracept,epivir and retrovir. Her doctor has said that she can take antibiotics without any problem. However I recently saw that a box of amoxylin said to contact your doctor before taking them. Are there any antibiotics she can,t take. Please help me as I live in avery small town and for some minor ailment I,d rather not disclose her hiv. due to discrimination.Also I would be eternally grateful if you would advise me on any other medication which she cant take.

Response from Dr. Henry

It is a good general recommendation to use antibiotics under a doctor's supervision out of concern about such issues as allergies to medications, direct interactions between antibiotics and other medications, interpretation of side effects from antibiotics, etc. A general philosophy to follow would be that your HIV provider should be made aware if an antibiotic is prescribed by another provider so that they can review the safety of that antibiotic in the context of your clinical situation. I always appreciate hearing from my patients or other doctors when they are prescribed or are prescribing a new antibiotic. KH



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