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kaletra + combivir = ??
Jun 29, 2008

Hello Dr. Henry,

Upon hospitalization with PCP two months ago, my cd4 was 44 and VL was 74,000. I started off taking combivir and sustiva, but just switched the sustiva to kaletra due to unmanageable side effects. Recent side effects include a couple painless lumps on my neck and a deep throbbing pain in my calf. And there is also the ever present fatigue. Are these normal side effects? Other than these, what else can I expect from this regimen?


Response from Dr. Henry

The most common side effects from Kaletra + Combivir are usually GI related (gas, loose stools, stomach ache) but can get some fatigue. Swollen glands can be a part of immune reconstitution-would point out to your HIV specialist. The other symptoms are not particularly associated with your HIV meds. KH

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