Email 509: Will I Be on Cotrimoxazole For Life?

Posted by Pozziepinoy on 12:15 PM

good day pozziepinoy! I have a question. Do I really need to take antibiotic (cotrimoxazole) as prophylaxis for lifetime just like ARVs even with a CD4 count beyond 350?

POZZIEPINOY’S RESPONSE


Hi.

Thank you for your email.

The cotrimoxazole is a prophylaxis to prevent opportunistic infections. This medicine is prescribed when the CD4 count drops to 250 and below. Usually, PLHIV will be under cotrimoxazole for a period of 6 months, even if his CD4 increases above 250. However, he or she will continue using the medicine if his CD4 has not gone up above 250 even after 6 months.

You will not be on cotrimoxazole for life like ARV's. Just focus on your health and try to boost your immune system so that eventually you will stop taking it.

I hope I was able to answer your concerns. Feel free to email me again if you have other questions.


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Pozziepinoy







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