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Messy Bathroom Breaks
Jun 2, 2006

ive been on hiv meds for about 1 month, one thing ive started to notice is that whenever i use the bathroom it smells alot more and its much messier to when wiping than before i started. i currently take virramune and truvada. i dont have any side effects at all besides this bathroom dilemna. is this temporary??

Response from Dr. Henry

Gatrointestinal problems are quite common when starting a variety of HIV regimens. The tenofovir in your Truvada can cause some persistent loose stools/gas in a small minority of patients. That problem often but now always will resolve with time. Sometimes some symptomatic intervention (anti-gas drugs, fiber tablets, calcium supplements, anti-loose stool meds) might help individual patients. Sometimes I would switch to a different medication on a trial basis to see if a persistent annoying problem can be improved. Your HIV specialist is the best person to evaluate your options. KH

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