Are yellow eyes normal?
Jul 15, 2012
I am currently taking norvir, reyataz, and truvada. Shortly after starting these meds the whites of my eyes have turned a deep yellow color. My doctor told me not to worry cause my labs are normal and it's just one of the side effects from the meds. Is this true?
Response from Dr. Henry
Atazanavir can cause an increase in unconjugated bilirubin (mimics the generally benign genetic condition known as Gilberts syndrome) that can result in yellow color in whites of the eyes or in skin. Most noticeable if levels of bilirubin > 3-5 (US units). Hydration and time can decrease but if persistent pxs may need to switch off (< 5% of patients) the atazanavir (often to another protease inhibitor such as darunavir, fosamprenavir, or lopinavir known of which share the bilirubin problem that is seen with atazanavir. KH
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