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Author Topic: Yellow eyes, but only after four months  (Read 2747 times)

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Offline freakyfriday77

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Yellow eyes, but only after four months
« on: September 08, 2009, 01:28:15 PM »

I'm taking Truvada, Reyataz and Norvir as my first regimen.  I've been on it for four months and was aware that there was a possible side effect of yellowing eyes as a consequence of the Reyataz.  However, I thought that the yellowing would occur after initially starting the regimen.  My eyes have started to turn yellow at month four, and a colleague pointed it out to me the other day.  It's quite noticeable.  I spoke with my hospital about it and they told me to keep an eye on it.  I am very worried though.  I don't know if this is the Reyataz or some other underlying problem.  My CD4 was over 600 and my VL undetectable two months ago.  I haven't missed any doses. 

Any advice would be appreciated?  I have to go away with work over the next couple of days, and I am worried that I should be getting this sorted out instead. 


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Re: Yellow eyes, but only after four months
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2009, 01:58:41 PM »
Told you to keep an eye on it????  They should examine you.  Sounds like you need to discuss it/test with your ID to see how your blood bilirubin levels are. He or she should be able to say if its a harmless Reyataz side effect or somthing else. 
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Offline freakyfriday77

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Re: Yellow eyes, but only after four months
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009, 02:19:07 PM »
I know, that's what I thought as well when they told me to keep my eye on it.  Urgh. 

I'm tempted to just go to the walk in clinic, but I need to be in another part of the country tomorrow till Friday. 

Thanks for your advice, much appreciated!

Offline BlueMoon

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Re: Yellow eyes, but only after four months
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009, 06:35:21 PM »
One person's experience, who shall go unnamed   ::) , is that the yellowing occurs mainly after using poppers.  Others here have reported that immoderate amounts of alcohol will do it. 

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Offline a2z

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Re: Yellow eyes, but only after four months
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009, 10:42:42 PM »
One person's experience, who shall go unnamed   ::) , is that the yellowing occurs mainly after using poppers.  Others here have reported that immoderate amounts of alcohol will do it. 

In my case I just had it pop up.  I noticed it did go away when I cut back on my fat intake a bit.
Dates are blood draw dates:
3/12/15: CD4 941, 36.4%, VL UD
9/4/14: CD4 948, 37.9%, VL 150
5/23/14: CD4 895 --.-% VL UD - Truvada/Isentress
09/21/09: CD4 898 27.0% VL 120 - back on track, same meds.High level enzymes, but less so
06/15/09: CD4 478 21.8% VL 1150 - high liver enzymes... looks like I may not be resistant
05/22/09: Fixed insurance, resumed medicine
04/17/09: Ran out of medicine, could not resolve insurance problems
04/01/09: CD4 773 28% VL 120 - high liver enzymes
12/01/08: CD4 514 23% VL 630
10/17/08 started Reyataz, Norvir and Truvada. -- possibly minor neuropathy, but otherwise okay.
9/10/08: CD4 345 17%, VL > 78K
8/18/08: CD4 312 18%, VL > 60K (considering meds)
12/19/07: CD4 550 28% VL > 100K (no meds yet)
Diagnosed 10/23/07

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Re: Yellow eyes, but only after four months
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2009, 01:50:28 AM »
This is a side effect of Rayataz and is usually not a concern, meaning if it happens when taking Rayataz it is not usually a sign of liver damage. I read online that drinking a lot of water can alleviate it, I'm not sure if that's true or not but someone online claims it worked for them.

from aidsmeds.com

Reyataz can increase levels of bilirubin, a pigment found in the liver. Increased bilirubin can cause the skin, nails, and the whites of the eyes to appear yellowish-brown. Increased bilirubin can also be a sign of liver damage. However, in people who have taken Reyataz in clinical trials, an increase in bilirubin has not been associated with any other signs of liver damage.




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