Sep 5, 2001
I was wondering if persons who are not able to take sulfa drugs such as bactrim are unable to benifit as much as those who are on bactrim? Are there any other drugs you could recomend? Are they equally effective?
Response from Dr. Feinberg
Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra) is probably the overall best approach to both treatment and prevention of HIV, but there are alternatives for peole who can't take T-S. For treatment these include: dapsone/trimethoprim, clindamycin/primaquine, atovaquone, trimetrexate and pentamidine. For prevention, dapsone, dapsone/pyramethamine, aerosol pentamidine and atovaquone are all useful.
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