Dec 16, 2009
hiv medicine norvir does to hair textured
Response from Dr. Henry
Good question. There has not been a clearly defined link between use of ritonavir and change in hair texture though a small number of patients have raised that concern. Often other HIV medications are used which can also occasionally seem to impact hair characteristics (such as lamivudine/3TC or indinavir). In the setting of use of multiple medications and a changing immune system (immune reconstitution can sometimes have some skin/hair effects) determining an unusual link to a specific medication can be difficult. Many other conditions besides HIV or HIV meds can also impact hair characteristics so getting an expert opinion from a skin specialist (dermatologist) can sometimes be helpful. KH
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