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HOw long does it last

Jul 20, 2003

When choosing hiv medications do doctors automatically assume that the medications (if taken properly on schedule) will last a normal healthy lifespan. Is it assumed that if the right combinations of drugs is chosen that it will work long term (many years down the road)?

Response from Dr. Young

I'm not sure that we assume that the medications will be taken for a normal lifespan (ie, decades), but rather, that they may very well be taken for a very long time-- hopefully with minimal side effects or toxicity.

Assuming this, then we have quite a few patients who have been sucessfully on medications since the beginning of the HAART era- now spanning nearly 8 years for some. Medications can be modified or switched, to account for side effects or, as recent information might point out, for newer, better tolerated or easier to take medications. BY

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