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Belching in any way related to lipodistrophy and meds?
Jan 10, 2010

Hello. I have been HIV+ for nearly 25 years. I'm currently 33 yrs old with CD4 around 500 and VL undetectable. I've been on Atripla for nearly 4 years. Prior to this, over a period of several weeks, I noticed frequent belching concurrent with fat loss in my face, legs and arms. The belching went away for a few years and just last month the belching started again. I've noticed additional fat loss in my face associated with lipodystrophy. It's become more pronounced and I'm now worried there is another underlying cause. My last comprehensive lab work in November was normal. Has the belching been associated with lipodystrophy or meds before and is there a way to determine what is causing the recent episode?


Response from Dr. Henry

Good question-in some pxs who have increased intra-abdominal fat they notice fullness and increased belching. Have you had the intra-abdominal fat assessed? In the general population belching most often related to air ingestion from rapid or abnormal eating , carbonated drinks, gum chewing, smoking, or subconscious air swallowing. Sometimes stomach/esophagus problems can contribute (GI assessment). Atripla has not been clearly linked to increased belching and I have not heard of other patients in out clinic with that complaints among the scores we have on Atripla-but will ask around. Does any reader have any awareness of a link between Atripla and belching--if so please post. KH

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