|Ringing noise in my ears
Jan 28, 2009
Hi Dr. Thanks for the beautiful site and your assistance. I am HIV+ for about four months now, I started with Combivir+Stockrin for two months and I switched to Truvada+ Stcockrin since; I am undetectable <40, CD4 630 and CD% 42, I have just noticed about few days ago a permanent noise (ringing) in my ears, is this a side effect of the med? Or something that HIV+ peoples will experience down the line? Or nothing to do with both and I should look for some other causes? is it treatable or something more serious to worry about. Your reply is highly appreciated. Thanks
| Response from Dr. Henry
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) if fairly common in the general population and is often enigmatic. Many ear conditions such as Meniere's disease can cause it. A full ear evaluation including audiology and sometimes scanning (CT or MRI) is often necessary to sort out. I have had occasional HIV+ patients who developed ringing in the ears seemingly linked to a given HIV regimen or drug. In most cases the symptoms cleared without changing the meds or did not change in character after a drug switch. I have had a couple of patients whose tinnitus seemed to improve after switching off 3TC or FTC (FTC in your Truvada) but I am still uncertain whether the drug was the culprit. KH
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