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Switching treatment
Jul 11, 2007

I look horrible, with small arms, veiny legs, small thighs and bums. I have been taking viramune, lamivudine, zidovudine for the last 2.5yrs. My doctor decided that i replace zidovudine with abacavir. But i have read that abacavir has many side effects. Will abacavir help me regain lost fat. What should i do? thank you

Response from Dr. Henry

I would check an HLA B5701 genotype and if negative you likely would not develop a serious side effect from abacavir. Switching to abacavir (or tenofovir as another alternative) may stabilize and possibly slowly reverse fat loss. KH

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