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Allergic to stocrin and now alluvia what next?
Aug 31, 2012

Im hiv+ 1 yr and cd4 420 - just started meds and 2nd week Allergy to stocrin and ricovir too much with bad body rash plus the Listed side effects. Then was given alluvia and ricovir and now have Severe diarreha that makes life awful. Do i have any other options? Living in thailand btw. Thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

If it is any consolation the loose stools usually stabilize/improve and often can be managed- Also may need to look for contributing cause. Other options depends obviously on local availability. Nevirapine can often be used in persons with stocrine (efavirenz) reactions and often is very well tolerated. In US we might consider use of a integrase inhibitor such as raltegravir or alternative boosted protease inhibitor instead of the Alluvia (Kaletra in US) if GI problems persisted. Also we might try Epzicom (abacavir + lamuvudine) instead of the Ricovbir (Truvada in US0 if the Ricovir appeared to be contributing to GI complaints (we check HLA B5701 status prior to using abacavir and only use if negative). You need to discuss diarrhea and switch options with your HIV doctor. KH

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