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diarrhea and HIV meds
Nov 30, 2008

I've been struggling with IBS/loose stools for a couple weeks now. I'm slowly getting back to normal, I hope. In the interim, I've noticed my Norvir isn't being absorbed. (I'm taking Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir, CD4 is 486) When this happens, should I take another? Which foods and what time is best to properly absorb meds? Thx.

Response from Dr. Henry

Issue of absorption of Norvir is particularly important if your viral level is not suppressed. If continues to be suppressed I would follow while trying to make further improvements is bowel function (many approaches can be variably helpful such as taking with meals, calcium supplements, fiber supplements, macrobiotics or active yougurt, and numerous anti-diarrheal agents). If Norvir absorption still in question consider switch to non-PI based regimen (such as efavirenz or raltegravir). KH



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