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Dec 2, 2010

Hi Dr. Henry....I have read your article regarding this matter however, I do have one concern. My current cocktail consists of Viread, Videx(@250mg) and Isentress. I occasionally get very severe heartburn even though I try to avoid the "trigger" foods. I know the Videx is very hard on my pancreas. Is the heartburn a warning sign that my pancreas may be damaged? Thank you for your anticipated help.

Response from Dr. Henry

Though heartburn can be linked to pancreatitis often due to other condition (including s such as use of certain irritating drugs (ie aspirin or alcohol),certain foods (such as caffeine or spicy good),gastric reflux or H pylori infection. Making proper diagnosis and treating appropriately if possible is recommended. Pancreatitis can often be diagnosed with a blood test for pancreatic enzynes (such as lipase or amylase) as well as a clinical exam and/or imaging of pancreas. Videx can trigger or contribute to pancreatitis but for heart burn often another main cause. KH

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