Apr 21, 2012
I'VE BEEN ON NEVARAPINE ,STAVUDINE,LAMIVUDINE SINCE 2007 AND MY DOCTOR CHANGED STAVUDINE TO ZIDOVUDINE JANUARY LAST YEAR DUE TO: I HAVE LOST SO OF WEIGHT ON MY BUTTOCKS AND MY LEGS AND I WAS EXPIRIENCING THE HEAVINESS ON MY SHOULDER AS WELL,THIS HAS CAUSE ME LOST SO MUCH OF MY SELF ESTEEM,DOC AS MUCH AS I KNOW IT TAKES LONGER FOR SIDE EFFECTS TO HEAL AND SOMETIMES NOT AT ALL,IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I CAN USE WHICH CAN HELP QUICKLY HEAL THIS,PLEASE I REALLY NEED IT PLEASE HELP,I AM SCARED TO DRESS SOME OF MY CLOTHES DUE TO THIS AND MY LEGS HAVE VEINS THAT ARE SHOWING VERY BAD
| Response from Dr. Henry
Unfortunately, lipoatrophy (loss of fat) from extremities, face, buttocks is not easy to reverse even in US. Zidovudine may have less of a problem than stavudine but still can worsen the problem so a switch to tenofovir or abacavir is often recommended if possible in your area-would discuss with your HIV doctor.Any improvement can be very slow to observe. There is no specific treatment to reverse fat loss that I can recommend with any confidence.KH
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