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Changing Meds
Feb 1, 2008

I recently asked a question about my meds combivir/sustiva as since taking them have experienced gut problems (pains) and loss of weight (my legs look like match sticks) and wanted to see if it would be better changing to atripla?

All I want is to feel healthy and not have the gut pains I get daily, or loose more weight. My stomach always looks swollen even though I am 12 stone and thin everywhere else.

I am at my doctors in a few weeks, and although EVERYTIME i tell them my gut problems and weight loss they say its not very likely that its my treatment I really think it must be.

My main concern is, if I change to atripla will this work as good as my current treatment and by changing does this mean I have wasted the combivir/sustiva option if atripla doesnt work or resolve my gut problems?

This is my only worry, but I at the point now where I feel I cant keep 'putting up with it' I mean last night i took my meds at 9, eat chicken chow mein at 10 due to my work pattern, then at 6 this morning woke up in agony with gut pains for 20 mins or so. now this morning I feel so tender. This happens too often, sometimes it just occurs without eating and has done since I started meds (well about 6 months after)

Response from Dr. Henry

If your current regimen nof Combivir/Sustiva is working (suppressed virus) then switching to Atripla has a high chance for successfully maintaining viral control while possibly decreasing your gut/GI symptoms. Changing regimens when they are working but perhaps causing side effects doesn't waste the regimen since resistance in that situation is unlikely to develop. KH

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