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Digestive track issues with Prezista, Truvada and Norvir
Jan 27, 2012

Hello Doctor,

While going through my first month with NO side effects except for slightly looser stools, now, after a couple of months, it seems my stools are ALWAYS loose, not to the point of diarreah, but loose and the need to go to the bathroom comes suddenly and must be addressed inmediately.

So, no real serious complaints but would just like to know if this is common and if there is any way to help this situation without taking more meds or switching regimens. I am VERY HAPPY with this one so far. Good labs. VL down from 5,300 to 300 and CD4 up by 30% (from 219 to 300), percentage from 11% to 14%.

My diet doesn't seem to change the way my stools are. They are now always this way, regarless what l eat.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kind and hard work!


Response from Dr. Henry

Taking with more food, oat bran, yogurt, calcium supplement helps patients in a variable manner. Sometimes an antidiarrheal drug used judiciously can help as well. For may GI complaints will diminish over time. Sometimes the problem unmasks other problems such as lactose or gluten sensitivity. KH

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