|gastrointestinal problems with ratonavir &
Mar 4, 1997
Dr Gallant, Is there anything you know of, that can be taken or done for the gastrointestinal problems caused from ratonavir and saquinavir combo.? I am refering to the stomach cramps and extreme flatulance. I am taking 3 phaysyme tablets a day and I am still swollen and look somewhat pregnant. I cannot wear any of my clothes and it is causing a major cramp in my lifestyle ( pardon the pun ). Is there any oral medication I can take to help this problem? Perhaps altering my diet in some way. Do you reccomend any special diet for this problem?
| Response from Dr. Gallant
For some of my patients with the latter problem, simethicone (which is the ingredient in Phazyme) often helps a lot. In some cases the flatulence may be partly a result of the changes people make in their diets in order to tolerate ritonavir (larger meals with a high fat content or addition of fiber supplements, for example). You may want to experiment a little with your diet and see if there is anything you can come up with to improve your symptoms.
I would welcome input from readers who have conquered this problem. I would also add that the gastrointestinal side effects of ritonavir do tend to get better with time.
If worse comes to worse, you could get a new job, one where flatulence doesn't matter... become a forest ranger or a solo round-the-world sailor or something like that.
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