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Treating Toxoplasmosis And Pcp Prophylaxis

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Toxoplasmosis

What Is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis (toxo) is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite toxoplasma gondii . A parasite lives inside another living organism (the host) and takes all of its nutrients from the host. The most common illness caused by toxo is an infection of the brain (encephalitis). Toxo can also infect other parts of the body. Toxo can lead to coma and death. The risk of toxo is highest when your CD4 cell (T-cell) counts...
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alternative agents for primary pcp prophylaxis in patients intolerant ofbactrim and g6pd deficient with a positive ppd

Please advise regarding alternative agents for primary pcp prophylaxis forsomeone who is neutropenic on three times a weekBactrim, G6PD deficient, PPD positive and has a history of upper extremityosteomyelitis with purulent draining lesions,CD4...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
This sounds like a good test question for the infectious disease board exam!First, the patient needs TB prophylaxis if he hasn't already had it: one yearof isoniazid along with vitamin B6.Alternatives for PCP prophylaxis depend a little on how... Read more »

bactrim -- is it an effective toxoplasmosis prophylaxis

A few years ago I had toxoplasmosis -- since then I have been on a maintenance dose of sulfadiazine,daraprim,and leucorvin calcium. My dr. said this prophylaxis also covered me for pcp. I went off the drugs a few months ago because of a skin...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
There is some cross-activity between pyrimethamine(Daraprim)/sulfa used for toxo and trimethoprim/sulfa (Bactrim) used for PCP. Studies have shown that toxo therapy appears to protect people from PCP and that PCP prophylaxis with T/S protects... Read more »

thought/treated for pcp

Hello Dr. Ben.Several years ago I when I lived in Junction, I was one of your patients. I am now presently living in Europe. Once in Europe, I put off getting a HIV specialist. I have finally gotten one, and my numbers are not good. VL 20,000...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and nice to hear from you.Sorry to hear about the interruption in treatment and decline in CD4s.Fortunately, it sounds like you're back in care and getting better. As for your lung symptoms, it appears that you've had good testing... Read more »

Atovaquone and PCP prophylaxis

Is there any evidence for atovaquone 250mg po qd for prophylaxis of PCP-- what is the dose for PCP prophylaxis with atovaquone showing the best results?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The usual prophylactic dose is 1500 mg once a day.... Read more »
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Untreated PCP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi,

I have a friend who has made it known that he is refusing any further medical treatment. He has recently been diagnosed with PCP. Knowing that untreated PCP is a one way street, can anyone tell me what to expect, or even tell me what to tell... 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 »

pcp (aids) And still regain health?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does this happen? Anyone been diagnosed with aids and then start meds, perhaps clean up lifestyle and then start feeling better? Gaining weight, feeling 'normal' and going on to live life for years more.
Anyone have input on this?
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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 »