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Fuzeon Injection Swelling

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An Overview of Fuzeon (Enfuvirtide, T-20)

en-FYOO-vir-tide Brand Name: Fuzeon Other Name(s): T-20 Drug Class: Entry and Fusion Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Enfuvirtide causes injection site reactions. Almost all people get injection site reactions with enfuvirtide, which usually are mild to moderate but occasionally can be severe. Reactions on the skin where enfuvirtide is injected include: Itching. Swelling. Redness. ...
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help for fuzeon swellings?

I have been on Fuzeon for a month. For the first two weeks I did not get injection site reactions at all, but now I get them. They are red and itch like much-scratched mosquito bites, but don't hurt. I use Benadryl for the itching, the red...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
No one approach helps all-use of a vibrator before and/or afterwards and icing seems to be most helpful with my patients on Fuzeon. KH... Read more »

help for fuzeon swellings?

I have been on Fuzeon for a month. For the first two weeks I did not get injection site reactions at all, but now I get them. They are red and itch like much-scratched mosquito bites, but don't hurt. I use Benadryl for the itching, the red...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I'm afraid I will not have any unique or bright ideas for you. On the one hand, I can tell you that this is probably as bad as it will get. Some people get much worse swelling that this, but if it were going to happen for you, it would have... Read more »

Fuzeon Injection site welts, can they be avoided?

I'm taking Fuzeon and the injection sites often swell for days and leave noticable hard tissue under the skin, which appears as a welt or bump. I'm really muscular and have not got much fat. Are there any ways to avoid the bumps and welts?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I'd suggest you try massaging the site after injection for 5-10 minutes. You can use a mechanical vibrator or your fingers. Additionally you could try applying either heat or cold after the injection. (Some folks swear by one or the other.)... Read more »

follow up on Help for Fuzeon swellings

Thank you very much for your response, Dr Henry. (You write, "No one approach helps all--use of a vibrator before and/or afterwards and icing seems to be most helpful with my patients on Fuzeon.")I was wondering if you could clarify: By...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Yes a hand-held vibrator is what I was referring to. I don't have any concern about the effect of cold compressed on the absorption kinetics of the Fuzeon. KH... Read more »
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ISR's w/T-20 Fuzeon suck

Posted by Scoot2Bfree, 3 Replies
It's a total pisser when you run out of spaces for injections. Have lipoatropahy, no body fat, ISR's are horrible but Dr's say last option as it's salvage therapy. Doing the Tibotec Duet TMC 125 NNRTI with/possible TMC 114 NRTI (placebo trial) thing... Read more »

FUZEON

Posted by Monchhichi, 2 Replies
Just a question I want to get feedback on...To anyone on Fuzeon...What type of side effects are you getting and injection site reactions? Does anyone have any tips they can give on ISR's? My husband has been on Fuzeon for over a year now and any... Read more »

new to Fuzeon

Posted by Tscotty, 4 Replies
Last month after 13 years, millions of pills, and all the other stuff we go through - I saw "the" lab results indicating my complete resistance to every drug I have taken. Thursday I gave my first fuzeon injection -it sure was a scene. I actually... Read more »

New Fuzeon needles

Posted by Monchhichi
Just wanting to se what everyone who is on Fuzeon thinks of the new needles that are being supplied with the kit. Do you like them better or not? I know I personally do not like them. My husbands doctor is wondering and hopefully your input will... Read more »