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Feb 8, 2008

I was tested positive in January 2000, started Epivir-Retrovir-Crixivan medication in September 2000, switched to Combivir-Crixivan in August 2004 and all this time my viral load has been undetectable. In September 2007 I had a kidney stone and my doctor made me switch to Sctocrin-Combivir medication. Since then I feel dizzy every day, sometimes vomit too. Can't sleep well, have strange dreams and wake up tired. I want to switch back to Combivir-Crixivan but my doctor keeps on rejecting this option, offering me other solutions. Is it possible to go back to Combivir-Crixivan medication after 4 months Stocrin usage?

Response from Dr. Henry

If you never experienced viral failure while on the Crixivan then switching back to a Crixivan (indinavir) based regimen while suppressed on Stocrine/Combivir should maintain viral suppression OK. If ritonavir is available to you then boosting Crixivan with ritonavir and changing to twice day dosing (OK with food) may make the regimen more tolerable and effective (800/100 mg twice daily). If other protease inhibitors are available to you then a switch from Stocrine to an alterative (such as ritonavir boosted lopinavir, atazanavir, saquinavir, fosamprenavir, or darunavir) would be an option that would would avoid concern about recurrent indivavir-related kidney stones. KH

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