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hair loss
Jan 19, 2007

Hi Doc, i was recently diagnosed with Hiv after falling ill with PCP, i was started on atripla and ive noticed a great deal of hair loss. Ive been on atripla for two months. Will my hair continue to fall out until i am bald, or will it stop? I am seeing my doctor soon.

Response from Dr. Henry

Good question. Some AIDS patients lose hair after a severe illness independent of their HIV regimen so it can be tough to sort out the major cause of that problem. I have had several patients lose hair possibly related to the FTC in Atripla but my general "hair" experience with that triple drug has been favorable (not much hair effect). If any reader is aware of a reference or has personal experience on this matter please post/share with us. KH

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