|Info. on rash side effect.
Dec 25, 2001
Generally how soon and how long will rash appear as a result of medication side effect? And when it does show up, how severe can it be? Does it normally itch? And any other medications can be taken or apply to cure this rash? And if the rash is pro-long or severe, does one has to switch his combination? How does the switching process work? Sorry for these many questions but I have not much confidence in the expertise level in this part of the world. A second opinion will definitely put my mind to ease. (we are talking about A LIFE here). Thanks for your time and A Merry Xmas to you and your family.
| Response from Dr. Boyle
Medication rashes generally appear within days to weeks after the medication is begun, but it may appear even later than that. Some rashes can be severe, even life threatening, if not treated appropriately. Some medications, such as antihistamines and steroids may help to prevent or blunt a rash, but these should be used very carefully, and with some medications, such as nevirapine, steroids may actualy make the rash worse. If a rash occurs, consideration should be given to changing antiretroviral therapy and switching can occur in some cases just by stopping the offending medication and starting another, but in other cases it may not be this simple.
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