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strong gas and burps
Feb 13, 2007

hi... I have been on combivir twice a day and stocrin600 once a day at 9pm.. am looking and feeling stronger but my problem is extremely smelly gas(farts, scuse me) and too much burping. this is very embarassing. how can i control this? thanx A

Response from Dr. Henry

Some patients react to those meds with increased gas and other stomach/gut problems. Those problems can be tough to fix. Sometimes there are other conditions that aggravate the problem (such as lactose intolerance, H pylori stomach infection, parasite infections). Taking with small meals/snacks, anti-gas medications, increasing fiber, taking yogurt with lactobacillus and other interventions can help some patients often unpredictably. If the problem persists and no other cause if found then consideration of altering the regimen is reasonable to discuss if there are alternative regimens (ie D4T or tenofovir for the AZT in Combivir or nevirapine for efavirenz). KH

atripla, why on an empty stomach?
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