Does Having Diarrhea Affect Absorption Of HIV Meds

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The Well Project

Caring for Your Gut: Dealing With Diarrhea, Nausea and Other Stomach Problems if You Have HIV/AIDS of the most common side effects of HIV, intestinal infections, and HIV drugs. Left untreated, it can cause dehydration (loss of water and nutrients) and wasting (unintentional weight loss). You have diarrhea if you have watery stools or if you have three or more bowel movements each day. If your diarrhea lasts for more than a few days, contains blood, or if you have a high fever or stomach pain you should contact your health care...
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How Many Options?

After 9 years of HIV infection, I'm obviously always thinking about when to start meds. I've had good numbers thus far--CD4 consistantly around 800 and low vl. I read all the articles about the benefits of starting meds earlier. I've not had...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...resistance through no fault of your own. The constipation is probably not HIV related, some people get poor absorption and diarrhea.The main argument to start meds now would be to shut off the virus, decrease the "immune activation" or... Read more »

How long for absorption of meds

I have been on Sustiva and Truvada for about 7 weeks. This is my initial use of HIV meds. I just got a call that my blood work shows all looks good (CDr count up, etc.); butviral count is up instead of the expected 'undetectable'. i have not...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...reach absorption, given your frequent diarrhea. One way to determine if this is affecting your drug absorption is to obtain therapeutic drug monitoring... Read more »

can HIV treatment is the past affect HCV meds?

Hi,I have co-infection HIV/HCV and I did 2 HIV treatments in 1998, none of those worked for me, I couldnt cope with the side effects so my doctor took me out of treatments.Now I have to start HCV treatment and I wonder how all the different meds...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...HIV medications which you have taken in the past should not at all affect your HCV treatment now. If your CD4 count is low, I would favor reinitiation of your HIV medications. I assume however, that Read more »

Meds and food

What are the main reasons for one drug to be taken with food and other to be taken on an empty stomach? Is that for better absorption or for side effects to be lessened? Or there are other important issues?
Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

...cause or prevent some unwanted side effects. For example, taking food with nelfinavir (Viracept) may decrease the severity of loose stool; while taking fatty food with the efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin) may cause more dizziness and sleep... Read more »
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