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First time taker of ARV
Oct 26, 2012

Hi, i just started taking up arv which is efavirenz and lamivudine/zidovudine after a week i got very sick and weak, severe coughing, flu. Is this part of the side effects of the medicines cause ive been having this high fever for 7 days straight now and im getting worried. Im also taking up tuberculosis meds for 2 and a half months i had lymph node tb. Thank you. :)

Response from Dr. Henry

Combivir and efavirenz can cause considerably gut and general symptoms during first days/weeks of treatment. Fever would be unusual so would raise worry about an HIV-related or unrelated condition as well as immune reconstitution syndrome (IRIS). Those conditions can be a a challenge to diagnose and manage so recommend contacting your HIV provider to discuss. KH

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