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Feb 19, 2006

What are the side effects of ARV, Combiver and Viramune on the liver, and cholesterol levels. Why does it require potasium supplement? What is best to use to enhance potasium levels.

Response from Dr. Henry

A small percentage of patients taking nevirapine will experience a serious hypersensitivity reaction which can also include liver irritation. It is recommended to monitor liver status when starting nevirapine. Generally the effect of Combivir + Viramune on cholesterol levels is minimal compared to many other regimens so that is a plus for that regimen. Potassium doesn't have much to do with the liver ordinarily so patients taking Combivir + Viramune generally don't have to take potassium supplements. Certain blood pressure meds (diuretics) can cause loss of potassium necessitating replacement. Potassium levels usually have more to do with the kidney then the liver. KH

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