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Bactrim at Night
Aug 1, 2005

You mentioned that bactrim can cause skin problems, which I have. My doctor has considered taking me off this medication once my CD4 count got above 200 and it's now 234. I've been having skin problems and now think this was contributed to the Bactrim. Do you think it's safe to stop taking Bactrim now that my CD4 has been increased just a little bit over 200. I've linger between 212 and 284 for more than a year without a decrease below 200 or increase higher than 284.

Response from Dr. Henry

If you are suppressed on HIV meds and have consistently had a CD4 count > 200 then often it is safe to stop Bactrim. Some exceptions might be if you have had Pneumocystis pneumonia or have a very low CD4 % then Bactrim is often continued for a longer period of time until more immune recovery has hopefully occurred. KH

Totally confused and scared during PEP
mysitis as a result of combivir dose

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