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Jan 13, 2008

my sister started Haart treatment in 2005 and then had lactic Acidocis and chenged to second line, she is fine but she has been having numbness on the tongue and lip and sometimes she doesnt fell like eating and when this hapens she looses weight please advise on what she she can do to be relieved.

Response from Dr. Henry

Tough to make any useful suggestions without detailed history and evaluation. Some HIV medications (such as ritonavir often used in boosting regimens with other protease inhibitors) can alter taste sensation at least for several hours after dosing. Other medical conditions like dry mouth/decreased salivary gland function, vitamin deficiencies, and many others can effect taste. She needs to be futher evaluated by her HIV specialist and possibly consult with nutritionist and/or ear/nose/throat specialist. KH

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