|HIV and MEDs
Aug 28, 2013
My daughter has been on Prezista, Norvir, Isentress, Truvada,and other meds for 15 + years. Recently she had a severe bleeding in her eusophus (varicies)and almost died. After many test after giving her 8 units of blood, they found no problem in her liver, they thought for sure it was the liver, portal vein, nothing there, she was in the hospital 3 weeks and has been at home now for 6 weeks and is still weak, has some dizzyness, and hardly any appetite, Is this just a cause of the HIV in her body and all the meds over time that are now effecting her body organs?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Esophageal varices would be an unusual side effect of her current HIV medications.Some of the older medications (like ddI) may contribute to liver scarring/fibrosis that can lead to portal hypertension/varices. HIV infection itself would rarely directly cause isolated esophageal varices. KH
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