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Stomach problems with medicine.
Jan 7, 2007

I was diagnosed about a year ago and my doctor has prescribed Tricivir as my medication. But I am having a really hard time finding things that I can eat that do not make me sick. My stomach will bloat and everything just makes me sick to my stomach. What can I eat?

Response from Dr. Henry

Tricivir is a combination medications containing AZT, 3TC and abacavir (Trizivir in the US). A significant minority of patients have persistent stomach problems after starting AZT which is the most likely component causing the problems (followed by abacavir then 3TC). Often an alternative to AZT (such as tenofovir or D4T) would be substituted on a trial basis to see if the problem improves. In the US Trizivir is not used much by itself but generally used with a protease inhibitor (usually boosted with ritonavir) or a NNRTI such as nevirapine or efavirenz. Other conditions such as Hpylori infections, lactose intolerance, pancreatitis can cause GI symptoms not due to your HIV medications so an evaluation by your HIV specialist and/or a gastroenterologist often is useful. KH

I get foot cramps and use Atripla
do i still have hope?

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