Apr 11, 2012
I am a 30 year old male 150lbs 5'8" diagnosed end of December of 2011. I have recently started Atripla, less than a Month, and I have seen great results so far in raising my CD4 count and lowering my viral load. However, after 2 weeks of being on the Medication I started to feel pain in my left nipple which has continued to get worse. My doc recommended that I have my hormone levels checked, the results showed my testosterone was a little above normal but my estrogen level was rather high. I have read the Gyno usually effects overweight men who do not take care of themselves, such as poor diet, not exercising or people who abuse steroids. I do not fall under any of these categories. My doctor has now referred me to a specialist and I know that they will recommend surgery and I know my health insurance does not cover it. Do you know of any natural supplements I can take to help with the issue? I am on a few other medications which include Humira for psoriasis, Clonazapam for epilepsy and Xanax for anxiety.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Unclear from your note whether there is much swelling in the nipple area besides the pain you have described. Nipple pain/sensitivity alone with no enlargement of breast tissue would after starting Atripla starting Atripla would be rare. Acute changes in fat distribution within 1-2 months of starting Atripla is not common-seems to occur rarely but very little published data on the topic. It may be worth waiting another several months to see if any acute changes settle down with a little more time. KH
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