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Diarrhea with Suststiva Epzicom WinRho
Dec 29, 2006

I recently started Sustiva and Epzicom (started Dec 13th)as a result of extremely low platelet count. (VL and CD4 #'s still very good) I have also had two IV treatments of WinRho SDF for low platelets. I've had bad diarrhea for a little over a week now (since Dec 20th 4-5 times a day water-like consistency) and am wondering how long is too long to have this side effect. I've tried over the counter anti-diarrheals with no effect and not wandering far from a bathroom is becoming troublesome to say the least. I've been on this drug combo before, but only remember the Sustiva drunk feeling and not such terrible diarrhea. Wondering if I should wait it out as part of early side effects that will stabilize or see doctor ... or is it from the immune globulin treatments? Thanks in advance for your opinion.

Response from Dr. Henry

Diarrhea can be triggered by one of the components of Sustiva/Epzicom but has not generally been a major issue on that combination. The diarrhea could due to an infection (viral or bacterial or pararasitic), food intolerance (such as cow's milk), or other condition. If the HIV regimen is causing the loose stools often that will decrease over the first 4+ weeks of treatment.If persistent and a work-up is unrevealing then a review of your HIV regimen with your HIV specialist might lead to consideration of a switch in one of the medications. KH

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