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Memory/Concentration Problems
Nov 9, 2011

I've been positive for 10 years but am only in the last year or two dealing with fuzzy memory/concentration. I started meds epzicom/intellence for first time in Jan of this year notice slight improvement but very annoying and embarrasing. I also notice I'm in a "crabby' mood sometimes. Is that "normal"? Any encouragement on how to cope with this?

Response from Dr. Henry

Central nervous system side effects from Epzicom/raltegravir are not common. HIV (risk for brain problems higher with lower CD4 count nadir) and other conditions can cause memory problems. Often a thorough neuropsych assessment is important to refine the assessment of memory/cognitive impairment that patients experience. Your complaints would not be considered normal so merit evaluation. KH

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