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Alternatives to NSAIDS?
Jan 30, 2014

If I get headaches, are there alternatives to ibuprofen? I have no idea what the longterm effects of ART will mean for my organs having seroconverted after living as a cardiac patient and as a diabetic. So, what's better/safer than ibuprofen?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Ibuprofen and NSAIDs should be used with caution, particularly if you have kidney dysfunction or disease. People with diabetes are at increased risk of kidney disease and screening for kidney function is recommended for all people living with HIV.

I typically recommend using standard over-the-counter doses of either aspirin or acetominophen (Tylenol) for minor issues like headaches. These avoid the kidney toxicity question all together.

Hope that is helpful, BY



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