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Sudden vision Changes
Feb 13, 2013

I have been on EPZICOM (abacavir) and SELZENTRY 150 mg (maraviroc) for about 18 or 20 monthes.... Lats January i had my eyes checked at Dean A McGee Eye institute.. They checked for everything;; Cataracs, Glocoma, vision... Then 7 monthes later i started having Blurred Vision in my Left eye... i made another appointment, at tha eye institute... They discovered a catarac.... I have read tha sheet of paper the pharmacy give me with all my meds; so I know tha side effects, quite well... Selzentry lists VISION CHANGES and Epzicom lists SUDDEN VISION CHANGES.... My Question is, 2 fold:: 1. could my vision change be linked to drug side effects?? 2. why did the Dr.s act like I was looking for someone to blame, when I brought this to thier attention ?????

Response from Dr. Henry

Cataracts are common in general population with aging (increased risk also from exposure to X-rays, diabetes, and some medications such as steroids) without clear evidence of a significantly increased rate in HIV infection. There is some information suggesting that HIV infection may lead to a modest increased risk for early cataract formation. I have not seen a clear signal from the literature or from our own patient population linking Epzicom and/or maraviroc to increased risk for cataract. If any reader has personal experience with that or knows of a relevant published reference please post. KH

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