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Cholesterol deposits in eyes
Apr 2, 2006

Hi, I have been basically on Viramune and Truvada once a day for about 2 years. Had been switched from Combivir+ Sustiva which made me sick, then epivir, zerit and viramune which i did fantastic on. Have been HIV+ about 3 years and have had really awesome lab results. I go to the gym 3 times a week. I weigh in at 143 body fat is 10% I am 5'8" and have had a terrible problem trying to quit smoking. I did for a year and now will start again to stop. I went to eye doctor and he found cholesterol deposits in my eyes. My eyes feel gritty this has been a week. I am going to doctor today to get labs done and check my cholesterol. I am 53 (look 35 seriously)(genetics). Can the Truvada be casuing an increase now of cholesterol. I have read that Viramune doesnt afect cholesterol significantly. I dont eat dairy (lactose intolerant) and keep a pretty good diet all around. I am really worried this morning I could barely open my eyes there was so much deposit.

Response from Dr. Henry

Truvada doesn't usually have a major impact on cholesterol levels. I am not aware of any reports linking your current HIV regimen and cholesterol deposits in the eye as you describe. If any reader has such a reference please post! KH

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