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constipation followed by diarrhea

Mar 10, 2012

A patient taking AZT+3TC+NEV complains of early satiety, indigestion and constipation for around 5 days then watery diarrheá for around 3 days. This repeats cyclically for the last six months. How to treat?

Response from Dr. Henry

Cycling from constipation to diarrhea is also seen in many people in the general populations (can be due to irritable or functional bowel syndrome, food intolerance such as milk or gluten products, a wide range of infections, side effects from drugs -can be due to one of your HIV medications but that is a diagnosis of exclusion, and many other conditions so a thorough clinical evaluation is recommended). KH


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