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Does Having Diarrhea Affect Absorption Of HIV Meds

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Some other products that are usually sold to treat constipation can also help with diarrhea. These products contain "soluble" fiber that adds bulk and absorbs water. This includes products like Metamucil, Citrucel, or other products that contain psyllium. 3. Alternative Therapies for Diarrhea: Acidophilus capsules (which contain helpful bacteria) can help restore normal digestion, especially when you are taking antibiotics. Some types of...
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How long for absorption of meds

I have been on Sustiva and Truvada for about 7 weeks. This is my initial use of HIV meds. I just got a call that my blood work shows all looks good (CDr count up, etc.); butviral count is up instead of the expected 'undetectable'. i have...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Mick-Thanks for your post.I'd think that it's far too soon in your treatment to conclude that you've had a treatment failure. If there's concern about any single viral load test, the very first thing to do is to double check the... Read more »

Diarrhea affect ibilex 500 absorption?

I took ibilex 500 for a uti at 10.30pm and got diarrhea at 11pm, has the medicine been absorbed? If not should i take another dose? Or what should i do?? Thanks! ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Diarrhea rarely has a significant effect of the absorption of medications- it's only if you actually see pills in the stool that one needs to be concerned.I would not recommend taking a second dose of medications... Read more »

Can Gastro/Diarrhea affect Atripla dosage?

Ive had mild gastro/diarrhea for 3 days and have been going to the toilet a lot... most of what i consume comes out the other end pretty quick - could this frequent diarrhea effect my dose/absorption of Atripla? thanks to all )...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Good questions. Diarrhea is a concern regarding absorption of HIV meds though experience suggests that in the majority of cases absorption remains adequate to control HIV replication even in the setting of diarrhea. If severe/persistent then... Read more »

Celiac disease and absorption of HIV meds

Dear colleagues: I am a physician working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My patient is a HIV-infected, asymptomatic, 55 y.o. man 100% adherent to his medication. He started HAART with 362 CD4 cells and a >6 log VL. He started...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Buenos dias Dr. Edgardo and thanks for posting from Buenos Aires.It would appear that you've given a very thoughtful analysis of your patient's situation. Indeed, the strategies that you've employed might have been ones that... Read more »
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diarrhea in hiv

Posted by anonymous123, 3 Replies
can diarrhea be the only symptom for hiv or do u have to have multiple symptoms? Read more »

Question about Diarrhea Symptom

Posted by scared83, 1 Reply
When someone gets a symptom of Diarrhea, how bad is it normally? Is it on and off? I haven't been eating anything out of the ordinary or taking any meds and I seem to have to need to visit the bathroom twice daily and the stool is sometimes loose... Read more »

never-ending diarrhea

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
hi, i had a possible exposure from unprotected sex just over 3 months ago. After a month i had many symptoms of seroconversion (not diarrhea though). Now, after three months i've experienced diarrhea for almost 2 weeks straight! I haven't been in... Read more »

Meds Cause diarrhea?

Posted by Anonymous
Anyone heard of They have a new supplement called SB-Normal Stool Formula for diarrhea. It's natural. It can be ordered on their web site or by 800 number (800-987-9920). Right now (through Oct. 31) introductory pricing is... Read more »