Aug 31, 1998
can you describe the rash associated with viracept?
Response from Dr. Cohen
Generally a drug rash has similar characteristics - the one to Viracept is not unique except that it is usually never severe as it can rarely be on some antivirals. There rash to Viracept has happened to no more than about 2% of those who have taken it as I recall...
People usually have a rash in the first few weeks on the meds - and it is a diffuse redness on the skin - often on the chest, and maybe the arms and legs. However it can be elsewhere - and can be over the whole body. And there can be fever - sometimes a low grade fever - and occasionally it can be higher. And it can be itchy. And if you stay on the med it would get worse each day - and may take a few days to fade even after you stop the med, since these drugs can deposit in the skin and it can take a while for it to get out of the skin...
Hope that helps. There are books in medical libraries of skin rashes to meds if you need to see it since it is easier to see and understand than it is to describe well..
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