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Should we see through side affects
Feb 26, 2014

Hi Dr. My long term Girlfriend was diagnosed HIV pos 3 years ago and started treatment of DUAVIR and Efaverence however after 8 days reacted with a severe skin rash, aching muscles, fever and nausea, Our Dr advised us to stop treatment until the the symptoms had cleared and then to start only with the DUOVIR again - however the same happened, so the treatment was stop as the Dr was scared it might develope into HJ - after the symptoms and her body was back to normal - period of 2 weeks with no treatment. she started TRIBUSS last night - and this morning started developing the same skin symptoms with the sensations as before. My question is should we she continue with this treatment for a while - 2 to 3 weeks and see what the effect is or stop. Thank you , Charles

Response from Dr. Henry

The rash from efavirenz is rarely highly serious (often can treat through) but the situation is this case sounds impressive. If possible consider alternative regimen such as with ritonavir + lopinavir or atazanavir along with either a generic from of tenofovir + 3TC or FTC. Need to discuss with the experienced HIV provider supervising her care. KH

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