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New kaletra formulation and increased diarrhea-followup
May 12, 2006

Hi Doc, about this person's concern, I recently started Kaletra with Epzicom & Truvada (one of which is a placebo) and every night I take 6 pills with Sugar Cane Juice (Yoga branch). When I dont take it with the sugar cane juice the next day i go to the restroom more often and have stomach problems. It seems to me that taking it with Sugar Cane Juice I don't have any problems. I did this after reading the following article:

HIV & You: What Sugar Cane Can Do Bjorn Falck Madsen Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Maybe our friend could try doing this as well

May 10, 2006

I know the new formula of kaletra is supposed to reduce the GI side effects associated with it. I am not sure exactly what is going on with me, but when I stop the kaletra for a couple of days( I know- not a good idea), the diarrhea goes away. On the old formula, I had diarrhea once in awhile, however I am now having it daily and immodium is not working like it did. I tried lomotil in the past and had difficulties driving safely.

Any ideas ? Have you heard of anyone having worse diarrhea with the new formula ? I do take AZT and Viread as well. VL is undetectable and last CD4 was 1150.

Response from Dr. Henry

Yes, a minority of my patients have reportd an increase in GI problems with the new "improved" Kaletra. Since I believe the old Kaletra will soon be unavailable then a switch to an alternative drug (a boosted PI such as with atazanavir, fosamprenavir, or saquinavir as well as a Sustiva NNRTI option)might warrant consideration. Sometimes taking with food, fiber tablets, or calcium supplements might help the loose stools in some patients. KH

Response from Dr. Henry

Thanks for posting that suggestion. I hadn't heard of that but will keep my eyes/ears open for more on that tactic. KH

Why should I care???
I wonder about Lipodystrophy

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