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  •  I can no longer take tenofovir (1+ / 0-)
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    FogCityJohn

    For the same reasons you've described. There hasn't been any obvious damage but that's only because my doctor keeps close tabs on my blood chemistry. I simultaneously stopped Viread (tenofovir) and Ziagen about six months ago to prevent any serious kidney damage. We were getting to that point and I'm glad I'm no longer on either one. I was able to tolerate both for several years but there is a limit.

    Liver and kidney function impairment appear to be the major issues with most current HIV drugs. Once you experience that, your treatment options are quite limited.

    •  I hear ya. (1+ / 0-)
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      sfbob

      To protect my kidneys, I no longer take any kind of NSAIDs for any reason at all.  That means no Advil, no aspirin, no Naproxin.  So when I injure a muscle at the gym or get a headache, I just put up with the pain, since NSAIDs can harm the kidneys.

      I've also given up alcohol to protect my liver.  The reason for that isn't really HIV drugs, but rather the chronic hepatitis B infection I've had since I was an infant.  Still, my doctor doesn't want my liver to have to deal with processing a bunch of ARVs plus alcohol.

      So no more pain relief or happy hour fun for me.  And those are just two of the more minor adjustments I've had to make because of HIV.  Again, despite all the improvements in ARVs over the past several years, these are still very serious medications, and they should be avoided if at all possible.

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 09:56:42 AM PST

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      •  I'll keep on using NSAID's until someone tells me (1+ / 0-)
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        that I can't. It's really pretty simple. I may be in better shape than you in regard to kidney function as any consequences I've had are, at this point showing up in blood work but not in any sort of experienced malfunction.

        Lucky me; despite two bouts of hepatitis within 9 months when I was in my 20's I never contracted Hep B, was thus able to participate in the vaccine trial, and consequently able to pinpoint when I was infected with HIV.

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