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How Do I Take Care Of Pcp

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Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP)

Based on a small study, if standard therapy doesn't work, patients might be able to use Neutrexin (trimetrexate) combined with Leucovorin (folinic acid.) Can PCP Be Prevented? The best way to prevent PCP is to use strong ART. People who have less than 200 CD4 cells can prevent PCP by taking the same medications used for PCP treatment. Another way to reduce the risk of PCP is not to smoke, or to stop smoking. HIV-positive smokers develop PCP...
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Dr Feinberg;Thank you for your kind and caring work on this site.Doctor went saw my Doctor today after having a fever 101 to 101.6 since Sunday,currently been treated for NHL and recieved Cytoxin Thursday.I developed a cough on Sunday but recently...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
I don't know what your doctor means by "stage 3" PCP, but PCP usually has a gradual onset. The one situation where this could be different is when someone has a hematologic malignancy, as you do. Everyone who is HIV+ and is treated... Read more »

PCP/Pentamidine/Side Affects

Dear Dr. Gallant, My partner is currently in Intensive Care, suffering from PCP.Originially, his attending physician treatedhim with Bactrim. Since he was on this for 7 days and the results were not as progressive as expected, his physician is...
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Intravenous pentamidine is not associated with lung damage. The lung problems that have been seen with pentamidine have all been with the aerosolized form of pentamidine. Those problems are probably not due to the pentamidine itself, butto the... Read more »


My friend is in an ICU unit with PCP, CMV and MRSA and other "unspecified" infections. He has been on a ventilator/feeding tube for over 10 days and his doctor has asked me to OK a trach. From my research, this is not recommended for...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
This is a very complex question to answer because undoubtably there are many variables in play here. In patients who might require longer ventilator support in order to recover lung function, it may be better to ventilate via a tracheostomy rather... Read more »

PCP symptoms

I have a lung infection that recently changed from causing a dry cough to a productive one. One of my doctors wondered whether PCP might be a possibility - I just started antivirals following a finding of 480 T Cells plus 33,500 copies.What are the...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It's not impossible to get PCP with more than 200 CD4 cells, it's just unusual, and gets more unusual the higher your CD4 cell count is. PCP is usually associated with a dry cough, not a productive one. I think that your symptoms plus... Read more »
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Fiance in the hospital with PCP

Posted by schedir81, 4 Replies
Hello, I just brought my girl to the hospital today and she is being treated for pcp. She stopped taking her meds around 3 to four years ago after an incident in her life threw her in complete denial.

She was afraid of me leaving her and for not... Read more »

My husband was sick with PCP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My husband was diagnosed with AIDS last month after getting very
sick with PCP. I tested negative (I also tested negative when I
donated blood two years ago.) We have been married for nine years
and have two children over five. My husband has been... Read more »


Posted by southerncharm, 1 Reply
I have used Bactrim only to discover that I'm allergic to sulfabiotics; finding out the hard way was not fun. I switched to Dapsone and within a week I had hives again, at that point I decided to switch doctors because I was also dealing with a... Read more »


Posted by Anonym, 2 Replies
What are the symptoms of PCP...if you have been through it please let me know..thanks Read more »