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Jul 7, 2000

Hello. I am currently taking sustiva, zerit and epivir, my Dr. wants to switch me over to combivir. What side effects, if any, should I expect? Maybe I should just say the most common ones. Thanks for the great job you Drs. are doing here!

Response from Dr. Henry

Since Combivir -- AZT (Retrovir) + 3TC (Epivir) the only real change is from D4T to AZT. The pill count actually will go from 7 to 5 per day. AZT typically has more mild stomach (nausea, cramping) and constitutional (headache, tiredness) symptoms than D4T but most persons don't experience those and the symptoms often improve over the first month. We often have the patient call us if they are experiencing symptoms so that we can treat through them while the body adjusts to the new meds. With AZT there is less of a risk for pancreatitis and neuropathy than with D4T. Keith Henry, M.D.

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