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long term side effect of sustiva or combivir
Oct 28, 2007

I am taking Sustiva and Combivir for for two years. Even if i had some difficulties now i am fine and all the side effects are gone but there is one thing i can't understand. I am an accounting full time student and lately i can not concentrate at all. I feel like i understand everything but when it comes to the test my results are bad. Do you think is this from the medication i am in? Because i was a very good student. My dr. said it could be form sustiva but the other medications has more side effect. what can i do?

Response from Dr. Henry

Sustiva can cause long term central nervous system side effects including decrease concentration though for most patients on long term Sustiva that is not much of a problem. Most patients having problems concentrating have other factors (stress, depression and others) that impact concentration to a greater degree than HIV or HIV medications so a good evaluation by a psychologist or neurologist or both may be helpful. KH

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