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Follow up to the Question What is Viracept doing to my body?
Feb 28, 2000

To whom it may concern: I am also on the treatment combination of Viracept and Combivir and can relate to the symptoms spoke of in the original question. I've been on this treatment for almost two years and it's the only one I've ever had. It's been great for me bringing my VL to undetectable levels and allowing my TC to rise. In the beginning I was so worried about what the Meds were doing to my insides I immediately went back to my Dr. and asked what's going on. He assured me that the diarrhea was a side effect of the drug but it wasn't causing any harm to my insides. What I've been able to do is to try and regulate the diarrhea w/immodium. I don't take a hand full of immodium either...I would say that five to six days out of the week I have normal bowel movements. But there is that one day that's really really after one of those episodes I take 2 immodium tablets and that keeps me regulated the rest of the time. You can't take a lot of immodium and not expect to have diarrhea. Personally taking them in moderation will help get your movements regulated. It really does help. I can also tell when my diet changes and I eat maybe more foods one week that aren't as healthy as some my movements change. But I have noticed that the diarrhea doesn't happen as often now as they did in the beginning. It's all about balance and paying attention to what you eat and how your body reacts to certain foods. I don't know how long this person has been on the treatment but i wish you luck and hang in there. I think that it's a small price to pay for staying alive.

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I am posting this to add some helpful comments from another viracept patient.

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