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Dec 17, 2010

Hello, thank you for any help you may be able to offer me. I am having a real problem with severe sweating while eating. I always perspired a bit with cheese, mayo, or spicy foods. Now however I sweat at anything foodwise and it is very embarassing. All food groups seem to cause this. I dont sweat abnormally at any other times other than eating. No matter what the food: eggs, pizza, burgers, steaks, potatoes, corn, bacon, etc etc. My HIV drugs are: Prezista, Epsicom, & Norvir. I had full blown aids with 0 cd4 counts. Now I have ~ 250 and am remarkable healthy, active, and doing fine. My Dr. Ken Greenburg at Denver Infectious Disease Control has no answers to this nor does my pharmacist; James Matkin @ wal-mart rx. (partner as well as pharmacist) This sweating did not start until after my dx of HIV and subsequent treatment. These meds are working well. Help??

Response from Dr. Henry

Interesting. I have seen some bizarre skin reactions from ritonavir based regimens over the years so perhaps considering a trial switch to another drug (ie efavirenz or raltegravir) might be considered to see if there is an impact on the sweating issues. Some hormone conditions (such as hyperthyroidism) or gut problems (such as pheochromocytoma) may involve odd sweating symptoms and merit evaluation for some patients. KH

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