May 28, 2007
My skin is red, particularly on my chest. It acts like a sunburn to the touch where it dispates if pressed.
I am using Kaletra and Truvada for the past yr. I believe the condition is worsening and is due to the meds.
I have seen my specialist and he does not know the cause. Any ideas how I can mitigate this? My iron level is normal.
Whats your thoughts on that regirment and side effects?
My VL has been undectable since being on meds for the past 2 yrs. when I was diagnosed.
Response from Dr. Henry
Some patients seem to get a flushing effect from ritonavir (a component of Kaletra). A switch to a non-ritonavir containing regimen on a trial basis would be reasonable to consider to determine if indeed ritonavir is linked to the red skin you describe. Atazanvir is another option if you wanted to remain on a protease inhibior without using ritonavir. KH
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