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acute pancreatitis as side-effect of meds
Jun 13, 2000

A friend was just hospitalized with acute Pancreatitis. He was on the triple combination therapy. Can you tell me what causes this condition and what one can do to prevent it or at least foresee it's happening

Response from Dr. Boyle

There are many causes of pancreatitis, some associated with HIV disease and some not. These include alcohol use, gallstones, infections (e.g. CMV or MAC), metabolic abnormalities (e.g. high triglycerides) and medications (notably pentamidine, ddI and ddC, but sometimes others). Avoidance of medications associated with pancreatitis, avoidance of alcohol and correction of any metabolic abnormalities are the most appropriate steps to avoid a recurrence of pancreatitis. Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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