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Bloating or high cholesterol?
Mar 19, 2014


Changed truvada to epzicom about a year ago due to severe bloating which did the trick. Before the change my total cholesterol was around 4 but my latest check has seen it go to 5.1. Don't really want to go back to truvada so kinda stuck on what to do, I take epzicom with raltegravir and apart from this have had no other issues. Any advice would be much appreciated.


Response from Dr. Henry

Epzicom may result in higher cholesterol levels than Truvada-worth checking the LDL, HDL, and triglyceride levels to see which fraction is elevated and is the level worrisome based on your overall risk for heart disease. Diet, exercise, and stopping smoking are often preferred steps over starting yet another drug to lower cholesterol at least initially. Fish oil may help some patients as well. KH

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