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Lost for words.
Apr 20, 2007

I was recently told that i am HIV positive,i was at the time taking Vytorin to lower my Cholesterol which lowererd my number from 236 to 135 in 3 weeks. i am afraid that Hiv drugs will have some interaction with my medicine. I also have mitral valve prolaspe will hiv harm this condition?

Response from Dr. Henry

The simvastatin in Vytorin should not be used with many of the protease inhibitors or efavirenz that anchor many HIV regimens. Fortunately there are alternatives to Vytorin for treatment of lipid elevations that can be used with many HIV regimens. HIV specialists are familiar with these issues and how to address lipid in concerns while treating HIV. KH

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