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right meds?
Jun 6, 2007

my brother was recently diagnosed and is taking douvir and nevirapine. he had bloody stools, nausea, vomitting, malaise, high fever and chills, swollen lymph node on the neck. is this still normal? are his meds right?

Response from Dr. Henry

Most of those symptoms can be related to underlying HIV-related complications/infections or other concurrent health problems (less likely due to the HIV medications). HIV medications often improve symptoms but can sometimes worsen symptoms early (as the immune system improved) and may not improve symptoms if there are other active infections or problems present that are not either diagnosed or being treated. Duovir + nevirapine is a good HIV regimen for many patients but would not be as effective if resistance is present or other serious infections/health problems are not being addressed. KH



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