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Alternatives to Kaletra?
Jun 28, 2013

I am a 21 year old female and I was raped on 6/22/2013. I went to the emergency room and was prescribed Lamiivudine- Zidovudine and Kaletra as well as Doxycicln to prevent STD's. The second day of taking them my throat started swelling at night and my nose became runny. I do not know if I am allergic to one or all of them so what should I do?

Response from Dr. Henry

Sorry to hear about your terrible experience. Your HIV meds would rarely cause a sudden serious allergic reaction. Your symptoms could be due to allergy, cold, drug reaction or other problems so your question is a very good one. I have never observed an acute allergic reaction to your HIV meds but it can happen theoretically. If possible recommend being seen or at least discussing with your primary care doctor or the prescribing clinic/emergency room. If the symptoms worsen when taking the meds over another dose or two would hold the meds since the risk from the meds would seem to be greater than the possible benefit until you can be evaluated further so that your overall health can be protected. KH

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