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Rare Skin Diseases Associated With Lipoatrophy

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...combinations Trizivir (3TC/AZT/abacavir in 2000) and Epzicom (3TC/abacavir in 2004). Abacavir rapidly became an easy to take and popular component of HAART therapy. It had also achieved favorable use due to studies showing rates of lipoatrophy that were similar to tenofovir, and lower than either AZT or d4T. However, there are a few factors which have to be considered for this drug. One is that abacavir must not be given to an individual who...
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Can Lipoatrophy be prevented?

Hello Doctors:I was officially diagnosed with HIV In July 2007. I believe that I was infected between 1998 and definately in 2003. I'm on Atripla and I take Lexapro. Also, I do take vitamins every other day and sometime excersie. The question I have...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...with older age and a lower nadir CD4 count so you are now on HIV meds so those factors are addressed. Certain HIV meds are associated with a higher risk for lipoatrophy (ie D4T or AZT= thymidine type drugs) . The drugs in Atripla have little... Read more »

FTC and lipoatrophy?

Dr. Young,Is FTC one of the drugs considered a high risk for lipoatrophy? If so or not, which are, and which do you avoid perscribing?Tyler
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...believe that injury to the cell's mitochondria (a cellular organ responsible for manufacturing energy) correlate with risk of lipoatrophy. As such, the fact that d4T causes mito injury and risk of lipoatrophy are internally consistent.FTC... Read more »

Lipoatrophy w/ new drugs?

Dr. Aberg, For the last two years I have taken Ziagen, DDI and Amprenavir. Recently my v.l. has crept up to 1,200 and tomorrow the doctor will do a phenotype. I still work and very much worry about how I will look if I am hit with lipoatrophy...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
...We really do not know what causes lipoatrophy (fat wasting). Some experts believe that it is more associated with the nucleosides such as D4T, DDI. But at this point, I would have to say it is still unclear. There have been no studies showing Read more »


have a currently taking zerit,epivir,videx,and sustiva viral load undet (has been for 3 years now) t-cells 503...I have noticed a loss of muscle and fat from my arms legs and buttocks area.....which would be better to start on ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...a complication of HIV infection; it's causes are not fully clear, though several studies have suggested a variety of factors associated with long term survival (especially from very advanced disease) and possibly drug-factors. Namely, d4T and... Read more »
The Well Project

Lipodystrophy, Body Changes and HIV/AIDS

...Both PIsand NRTIs have been linked with insulin resistance and diabetes Lactic acidosis: Some of the NRTIs are associated with lacticacidosis, especially Zerit and Videx (didanosine, ddI). Not everyone taking HIV drugs develops... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part II: Treatments for Fat Loss

...three to six sessions. Once injected, it cannot be removed. Thecost depends on the amount of silicone oil needed and the fee associated withthe injections. Taking Care of Yourself Some body shape changes and metabolic problems have been... Read more »
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...and hematologic (blood-related) toxicity including anemia and neutropenia. May be taken with food to decrease potential nausea associated with AZT. Rare but potentially serious toxicity with all NRTIs: enlarged, fatty liver (hepatomegaly with... Read more »
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...limbs (arms and legs) and, to a lesser degree, lipohypertrophy (such as "buffalo hump" and increase in abdominal girth) has been associated with Zerit. Zerit and Retrovir (zidovudine, AZT) are the HIV drugs most implicated by studies as causing... Read more »
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Lipoatrophy but good labs--I really need some help

Posted by StandinOnFaith, 4 Replies
...torso and belly bigger. Of course, at the time I was still in denial about my HIV symptoms, so I never saw a doctor. Today, my lipoatrophy symptoms have gotten worse and more frequent. It's not very noticeable to others, except when family... Read more »

Lipoatrophy correction

Posted by ConFe, 1 Reply
...I've been told about BioAlcamid to correct lipoatrophy, Does anybody have comments about this product. Also I'd like to know the Doctor's name who is in Tijuana Mexico? a friend of Read more »

Lipoatrophy Center

Posted by Bear60, 3 Replies it is. It's something new at the BODY and includes personal interviews. Mostly has to do with reversing the effects of Lipoatrophy with cosmetic surgery I believe: Anyone ever had any... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
could anyone please tell me how they are dealing with lipo being a woman. I have lost fat in face, leg, butt, arms. I look like a preg. stomach is so big. I have been off HIV medication going on two years now and I am scared to go... Read more »