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Side Effects Of Drugs Used To Treat Cmv Retinitis

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...blindness unless treated. CMV can spread throughout the body and infect several organs at once. The risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells. The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an inflammation of the retina. Patients may also notice light flashes, decreased or distorted vision, or blind...
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Hi Dr. Franscino!In a previous answer given through the "ask the experts" - HIV and CMV (CMV)Oct 17, 2008 -, I read "...CMV disease most often affects people with HIV when their CD4+ cell counts are below 50. You may also be at risk if you have a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...The risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells.The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an... Read more »

HIV and CMV (CMV)

Hi...My dad has been HIV+ for about 9 years now. He was diagnosed with ALL last year (which at this moment is currently in remission). He is currently taking maintence chemo pills and Atripla for his HIV. He was just told he has CMV. Is he in the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »

CMV; to swallow or not to swallow,that is the question.

Dr. Frascino, I am a RN who happens to dance with HIV. Most of my patients dance with it too. My point, many of my friends come to me with questions,and the need for education, I do my best. My education is limited, for I have not attended medical...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...risk of CMV is highest when CD4 cell counts are below 50. It is rare in people with 100 or more T-cells. The first signs of CMV retinitis are vision problems such as moving black spots. These are called "floaters." They may indicate an... Read more »

CMV / AIDS

I have AIDS - CD4 100VL 677000. Diagnosed HIV+ 1989. I think I could deal with anything but blindness. Am on Truvada / Sustiva. Are there any drugs to prevent CMV from occuring?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...infection with retina involvement generally is seen when the CD4 count is < 100. If you regain CD4 cells on therapy the risk for CMV retinitis is reduced dramatically. For persons stuck with low CD4 counts (ie < 25-50) then use of oral... Read more »
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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

...CMV can cause disease in many places in the body, one of the more common places it occurs in people with HIV is in the eye, as CMV retinitis. Seeing an HIV experienced eye doctor, called an ophthalmologist, is an important part of a comprehensive... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

Improved Treatment of CMV Retinitis

...the most feared opportunistic pathogens. The daily intravenous infusions that were once required to slow the progression of CMV retinitis exacted a heavy toll, both in dollars and in quality of life, and patients were justly apprehensive about... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

New Developments in the Management of CMV Infections

...dose of 3000 mg three times daily) is as effective as IV ganciclovir (at a dose of 5 mg/kg daily) in delaying progression of CMV retinitis in patients who complete three weeks of IV induction therapy (Figure). Some doubt remains as... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Valganciclovir: A New Treatment for Cytomegalovirus Retinitis

...Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved valganciclovir (Valcyte) as a new treatment for cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis. CMV retinitis is an inflammation of the retina, characterized by loss of visual acuity (sharpness) or "blind spots." A... Read more »
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Isentress Drug - Side Effects?? HELP

Posted by design36, 1 Reply
...I have been taking Isentress for about a month...Adnormal dreams, Insomnia, Excessive fatique have been side effects and seem to be ones for a lot of people. Does anyone have experience with this drug? Did the side effects get better? Read more »

Isentress & Side Effects

Posted by design36, 3 Replies
...I have been taking Isentress for about a month...Adnormal dreams, Insomnia, Excessive fatique have been side effects and seem to be ones for a lot of people. Does anyone have experience with this drug? Did the side effects get better? Read more »

My husband was just diagnosed

Posted by sadwife, 14 Replies
My husband was diagnosed with AIDS about a month ago. We did not know what was wrong with him and after many doctors visits, a lung biopsy, and a trip to the ICU, he was diagnosed with PCP, and ultimately, AIDS. His CD-4 count was 9. Although he... Read more »