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Dec 14, 2007

Have been searching for concise symptoms listing.Been 12 yrs. diagnosis and now on Atripla plus Ziagen, experiencing increased fat loss, fatique and darkening sunken eyes. Itchy skin patches. Suggestions?

Response from Dr. Henry

Atripla + abacavir likely has a low rate of fat problems but there hasn't been much data on that particular combination since the tenofovir in Atripla and the abacavir (Ziagen) generally are not used together due to overlap of resistance issues and no data that such a regimen is clearly more effective than 3 drugs alone. The symptoms you describe are fairly non-specific and occur on the general population as well so sorting out the cause and effect can be a challenge. An evaluation of overall health, nutrition, sleep, hormone, and mental health status may offer at least a partial explanation for some of those symptoms. I often get help from a dermatologist for skin rash complaints. KH

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