POZ Community Forums

Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits => Questions About Treatment & Side Effects => Topic started by: cardsfan69 on February 11, 2019, 12:52:47 pm

Title: Genvoya--Hemoglobin
Post by: cardsfan69 on February 11, 2019, 12:52:47 pm
Was wondering if anyone knows if Genvoya (or any other hiv med) affects hemoglobin levels?
Thanks
Title: Re: Genvoya--Hemoglobin
Post by: Expat1 on February 11, 2019, 02:53:45 pm
Dapsone and AZT lower hemoglobin levels.  Probably d4t also.
Title: Re: Genvoya--Hemoglobin
Post by: cardsfan69 on March 09, 2019, 12:49:59 pm
Anyone know......or has anyone else experienced increased level of Hemoglobin since they started Genvoya? Known side effect? Before I started Genvoya my Hemoglobin level was 16.4.....it's gone as high as 18.1.  Scale for my lab is 13.8 - 17.2
Title: Re: Genvoya--Hemoglobin
Post by: Jim Allen on March 09, 2019, 12:56:52 pm
18.1, was that on one lab result or multiple?

Have not heard of any issues.
You don't smoke do you? How do you feel and what did your doctor say?

Best, Jim

Edit: For some reason a line "vanished" when i posted.
Title: Re: Genvoya--Hemoglobin
Post by: cardsfan69 on March 11, 2019, 06:17:09 pm
Dont smoke................18.1 on one test but 17.2, 17.4 on 2 others, which is also at the high level and then a bit above.......

Title: Re: Genvoya--Hemoglobin
Post by: bocker3 on March 12, 2019, 04:54:06 pm
You probably need to talk to your doctor about this, but, IN GENERAL, the HGB levels you give here aren't terribly out of normal. 
Many things can impact HGB levels -- smoking being one, the altitude at which you live is another (the higher up you are, the higher your HGB level tends to get due to decreased oxygen levels), but probably the biggest culprit for an occasionally high HGB is dehydration, which will pretty much concentrate lots of things in your blood, because there is less liquid (plasma).

Another thing that can do it -- taking steroids - like  synthetic testosterone.

All in all -- a change from mid-16's to mid-17's isn't that drastic.  I worked in Hematology labs for a number of years (long ago now) and HGB's in the 18's weren't all that uncommon -- even though, technically, "out of range", they rarely were indicative of any underlying medical issues.  Things like polycythemia usually present with much higher levels.

However, your doctor is the best person to talk to about this because he/she has your full picture, including all other lab tests. 

Mike