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Side effects from Combivir
Sep 21, 2009

My partner is on 28 days of combivir after exposure to blood of a person whose HIV status is unknown. He is experiencing pretty intense nausea from the meds, as to be expected. They told him to eat a lot of yogurt. In this instance, why are they saying probiotics will help? I don't understand the correlation between probiotics and anti-retrovirals.

Thanks for your time, if there is anything else he should be eating, we'd love to know

G

Response from Dr. Henry

Combivir can cause stomach cramps and nausea. Anti nausea meds like compazine or reglan can decrease the symptoms for some patients. I haven't seen data clearly proving that probiotic foods help GI symptoms from Combivir. If any reader is aware of such a reference please post. KH



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