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Trizivir & Diarhhoea
Jun 24, 2012

I've been on Trizivir for almost 10 years now and still have daily bowel movement problems. Bad days I go up to half a dozen times by mid-morning and are loose and watery, good days 2 or 3 times and 'peanut butter' consistency. In both situations, it mostly calms down by midday. VL is undectectable and t-cell between 1100 and 1200. Both the Doc and I are hesitant to switch as the drugs are keeping he virus in check and there are no other side effects. Are there option for keeing the bowels in check? Hesistant to take other meds such as Imodium. TIA

Response from Dr. Henry

Bowel problems/loose stools can be caused by trizivir though that is a diagnosis of exclusion. Lactose or gluten sensitivity, chronic sensitivity to caffeine or nicotine, bowel micro flora disturbances, irritable bowel syndrome, gall bladder or pancreatic dysfunction, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or chronic infection (ie parasite or as a result of HIV infection, side effects of other meds--all are possibilities so a complete evaluation is recommended (often involving stool analysis). KH

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