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yellow/orange stool
Jan 7, 2008

I have been HIV+ for over 20 years. Am currently on Truvada, Lexiva and Norvir. Viral load undectable and T cells over 900. Lately have been experiencing yellow/orange colored diarrhea. Recent abdominal ct scan came back negative. Could meds be causing this? No diet changes recently.

Response from Dr. Henry

I have not seen any of my patients who developed yellow/orange stools on Lexiva/r + Truvada.

Orange stools can be caused by a number of foods such as: Any food with artificial yellow or orange coloring Carrots Cilantro Collard greens Fresh thyme Kale Sweet potatoes Spinach Turnip greens Winter squash

Yellow stool can be caused by a variety of problems often linked to abnormal levels of bilirubin due to gallbladder, pancreas, liver, or biliary tree problems.

A thorough history and physical examination by your primary care doc or HIV specialist is important to sort out the possible causes and develop recommendations if further tests are necessary. If any reader has developed yellow/orange stools on Lexiva/ritonavir + Truvada please post! KH

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