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Very low muscle enzyme test????
Jul 6, 2000

My partner has had his clinical Doctor re-test his muscle enzyme level because he said it was very low. At present he is on holidays for 5 weeks and we both would like to know what this means? He is currently on AZT & 3TC. He is also a diabetic and is on 5mg Glyburide 2 times daily. His last t-cell count was 600+ and undetectable viral load. Is this caused by meds? Thanks

Response from Dr. Henry

I am unclear also what the issue is for your partner. Occasionally anti-HIV medications can cause muscle irritation -- myopathy which results in an increase in muscle enzyme levels. AZT has been linked to that condition as well as some of the other "nuke" HIV drugs. Low muscle enzyme levels are not usually a problem that is identified in this setting. A decrease in muscle size or function can be seen and sometimes is due to a drug effect, low testosterone levels, or malnutrition. With a high CD4 count a break from his HIV meds (drug holiday) may be reasonable if watched carefully along with his HIV doc. Keith Henry, M.D.

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