|hair loss & fatigue
Mar 19, 2007
i was recently diagnose with hiv on 2/18/05. when i was first diagnosed my doctor let me decide when i wanted to start hiv meds. i started asap . my doc put me on sustiva 600 & epzicom .
my question is that since i started i have very bad side effects from the meds , my doc said it was from sustiva & my body had to adjust to the meds. since then to now i been on both meds & have noticed that im sometimes more achy than normal & fatigued also im noticing that balding very quickly ?
can these meds cause these side affetcs ?
the reason i asked is because i have missed a dose here or there & feel great, but when i take the meds i feel horrible.
the only reason i stay on them is because there working for me , but i am concerned that there doing damage to me?
sincerly concerned patient
| Response from Dr. Henry
If you are still having bothersome side effects from your HIV medications then a discussion about a switch (such as from Sustiva to a protease inhibitor) is reasonable. Hair loss is common in the general population so linking it to a particular HIV medication or regimen can be tough. I have had some patients who have had accelerated hair loss from lamivudine (part of Epzicom) so a switch off that med (often to tenofovir ) is worth discussing as well. Fatigue and achiness can be due to a wide range of both HIV and non-HIV conditions so a thorough mental and physical health evaluation is recommended. KH
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