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Itchy throat after 2 days on PEP
Mar 8, 2013

I had an HIV high-risk sex behavior and the doctor prescribed pills that are made of Zidovudine and Lamivudine. I have taken 3 pills so far (1.5 days) and my throat has started to itch vehemently just like what happens in case of a severe cold. I have no other symptoms other than severe fatigue and some stomach upset. The latter has not yet led me to the toilet. Are these symptom normal?

Response from Dr. Henry

Zivodine and lamivudine can cause lots of stomach/gut symptoms during first weeks though itchy throat would be unusual. Allergic reactions to those drugs are also unusual so likely due to something else but would keep prescribing clinic/doctor informed of your symptoms. KH

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