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bone loss
Sep 2, 2005

I have hemophilia, hiv, and multiple joint replacements. I'm taking Kaletra, Ziagen, and Viread. I've got some significant bone loss around one of my implants, that may be the result of the plastic in the joint. I'm wondering if it also may be due to some of the "bone problems" associated with one or more of these drugs. Is thate any way to tell?


Response from Dr. Henry

Localized bone loss near an artificial joint is most likely due to local factors and not related to your HIV meds. Tenofovir has been linked to so far modest bone loss. I would often get a bone DEXA looking for bone loss (ostoporosis). Of osteoporosis is present then use of calcium + vitamin D plus possibly a drug like alendronate is often recommended. KH

what can be taken to reduce this?

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