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Increase in Cholesterol
Sep 29, 2006

Dear Doctor,

I havd been on Sustiva and Combivir for a year. During my most recent lipid profile my total cholesterol went from 170 to 202, HDL 40 LDL 162.Prior numbers were 170, HDL 40 LDL 130.CD4 512, 38%, VL undetectable. I just switched to Atripla.

My question is do you think my numbers will get better without AZT.I do exercise and eat healthy.


Response from Dr. Henry

It is unclear whether switching from AZT to perhaps abacavir or tenofovir will decrease the LDL cholesterol-it might but variable. Sustiva can also increase LDL cholesterol. Nevirapine often has less of a cholesterol effect than efavirenz so that is a switch option for some. Diet and exercise can help as well before considering any need for lipid lowering therapy (which is dependent on overall risk for coronary artery disease from other factors such as family history, smoking, high blood pressure and more). KH

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