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Author Topic: kaletra kids neuropathie?  (Read 2153 times)

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Offline GINGER71

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kaletra kids neuropathie?
« on: November 27, 2007, 12:11:24 AM »

I've a son who has been taking meds for 6 years now (he's seven) and he just told me that he sometimes has a strange feeling in his hands and feet.. He allways thought that was normal.

Now that his teacher told me to take him to a physiotherapist, because he has problems with writing and moving smoothly. Does anyone recognize this as a side effect of Kaletra.

(he takes kaletra, viread and epivir)

Offline thunter34

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Re: kaletra kids neuropathie?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2007, 12:18:02 AM »
Yup.  Specifically, the epivir...though I believe PN can come about by way of not only certain medicines, but also from HIV itself.  If I am incorrect on that part, someone please correct me here.

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Re: kaletra kids neuropathie?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2007, 12:27:50 AM »
Yes Tim, you are correct.  There are several types of PN and one of them is indeed from HIV itself though I believe that type, if it occurs, happens at the beginning of infection.  Of course, the most common type of PN is from certain older HIV medications and in this case I would definitely suspect the epivir.  I am not aware of the other two medications that Ginger mentioned contributing to PN.

Ginger, I hope you discuss this with your doctor as if it is indeed epivir doing this hopefully they can switch your son to another med.  I was on epivir in the mid-90's and undoubtedly it contributed to my own neuropathy issues, though I'm sure some of the other ones I was on at that time pre-HAART did as well.
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Offline thunter34

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Re: kaletra kids neuropathie?
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2007, 02:00:11 AM »
Yes Tim, you are correct.  There are several types of PN and one of them is indeed from HIV itself though I believe that type, if it occurs, happens at the beginning of infection. 

Second that about talking this out with a doctor as soon as possible.  Wondered about that other type of PN you mentioned, philly, because I noted that she said her son had always had this feeling in his limbs and "thought it was normal".  That made me think it might have been a condition that had, in fact, began toward the beginning (in this case, at only seven, the very beginning) of infection. 

Still, my gut instinct is the epivir.  I'm thinking a meds change might be in order.

Let us know how it goes, ok?
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Offline GINGER71

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Re: kaletra kids neuropathie?
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2007, 08:50:12 AM »
Hi Philly and Thunther,

Thanks for the replies and I'll take this discussion to his specialist asap. The thing is that i mentioned it allready to him last week (before knowing about his teacher's concern, though) and because there aren't so many children infected here in Holland, I was hoping to get some more information from 'the field'.

To be honest Epivir never crossed my mind causing NP, so you guys allready helped me.
I'll let you know what came out of all this.

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Re: kaletra kids neuropathie?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007, 03:39:51 PM »
I also have a 7yr old (daughter, tho) who has been on meds since she was born.  She has been on Kaletra (susteva, and Zerit) since 2/02 after having a genotyping done in 1/02.  She also has neuropathy pain in her legs and arms.  She has secondary dx of CP, dyslexia, and diabetes.  She was tested 3wks ago for RA and sickle cell.  We don't have the results of the tests yet.  She's scheduled for an MRI to check for inflammatory demylenization neuropathy and a nerve conduction test for distal sensory neuropathy.  We're also going to discuss changing some of her meds to a less toxic one (thanks newt and mattie :-*).  I'm glad you are here.  I've only been a member for a week or so and have found tons of information and lots of friends.  Feel free to PM me if you just want to talk.

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