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joint problems: shoulders and hip going out
Oct 22, 2005

A friend of mine has been taking Invirase, Norvir, Zerit almost a year. Over the past six months, every few weeks, one of his shoulders or hip will go out, and more frequently one hears odd sounds when he moves his joints. His doctor ruled out rheumatoid arthritis but doesn't know what it is. Could this be a side effect of any of his meds? thank you so much.

Response from Dr. Conway

It would certainly be a good idea to do X-rays of the affected areas, as some of the medications (protease inhibitors) can cause bone problems. Other than that, it is hard to be sure how the symptoms may relate to the medications. If it is joint problems, a specific diagnosis (such as osteoarthritis) could be made, and effective treatment started.

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