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Aug 26, 1996

Are there any other possible causes of neuropathy other than HIV and HIV medications?

Response from Dr. Cohen

As you point out in your question, the most common reasons for neuropathy are HIV infection itself, and the drugs we use to treat it. The most common drugs in this category are the "d-drugs": ddC, ddI, and d4T.

Other causes of neuropathy are simply the causes that can occur in anyone, regardless of their HIV status. They include diabetes, thyroid disease, syphilis, use of isoniazid (INH, a tuberculosis drug) or certain chemotherapeutic agents for cancer, to name a few of the most common.

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