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HIV & ACE inhibitors
Apr 2, 2010

Hi Doc, Infected 1989 at age 29. Started cocktail w/Combivir & Crixivan 1996 = Rt. kidney (due to Crixivan) stones 2001 & Lt. percutaneous nephrolithotomy for 3.5cm staghorn calculus (not related to HIV or meds) 2002. Switched to Combivir & Sustiva (efirivim). Serum Creatnine in 110-130 range (normal = <110)ever since. But now, as I am about to turn 50 and a year over my 20 year prognosis (or is it expiry date?) my BP has skyrocketed from borderline to Stage 3 hypertension (183/122) in the past 4 months. My GP wants me to begin ACE inhibitors immediately but I am worried about side effects. Your insight would be muchly appreciated.

Response from Dr. Henry

ACE inhibitors are widely used in HIV + patients to control blood pressure and to help protect kidney function. I have scores of patients on various ACE inhibitors which are generally well tolerated though sometimes need to change from one (ie lisinopril causing a benign but annoying cough) to another based on individual response/tolerability. KH

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