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Slowly CD4
Jan 25, 2010

Dear Dr, i would like to ask some questions related to my friend who is taking kaletra and other drug.his cd4 is increased very slowly from 246 to 261 after six months.he is taking Lipanthyl to reduce lipanthyl interact with kaletra which can lead to slowly CD4 increase?how can we solve it?he also gets diarrhea very often,his Dr asked to take vitamin C to reduce diarrhea?will vitamin C interact with kaletra?how can we help him to increase CD4 by reducing triglicerines and diarrhea?thanks for your answers.

Response from Dr. Henry

CD4 recovery with Kaletra usually compares favorable to other HIV regimens so cannot with any confidence endorse switching to an alternative regimen. Sometimes CD4 recovery can be frustrating slow but often will occur over time. Kaletra is well recognized to cause loose stools and elevated lipids such as triglycerides. Other intervention including drugs can help manage those symptoms but often a awitch to an alternative regimen (off the Kaletra to a different boosted PI, nevirapine, or raltegravir) might be considered if those options are available. Vitamin C is usually OK to take with Kaletra but I have little confidence that it would result in either enhanced CD4 recovery or less diarrhea based on my experience. KH

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