The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Managing Side Effects of HIV TreatmentManaging Side Effects of HIV Treatment
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Sustiva and Truvada
Mar 21, 2006

I have been on Sustiva and Truvada for two years. My numbers remain constant.VL undetectable and cd4 count that hovers around 350. However,fatigue,depression continue to worsen. Are studies indicating this is common? If so, is there anything I can do about it? I'm sinking.

Response from Dr. Henry

A subset of patients (? 10% in my practice) have chronic mental health side effects from Sustiva that warrant consideration of a switch. A CD4 count of 350 (frustrating that it is not climbing but some patients don't have as much thymic reserve to produce CD4 cells at a higher rate) and HIV RNA < 50 is overall excellent from the HIV perspective. I often refer patients with problems like you describe to a psychologist and/or psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment suggestions. KH

Swollen Lymph Nodes - sub mandible
breast tenderness from High blood pressure pills?

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint