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What are the possible actute short term effects of anti-HIV drugs
Jul 29, 2004

What are the short term effects of HIV-drugs that you mentioned in an answer? Are there effects on the bones, or oral hygiene?

Response from Dr. Conway

The most common short term side effects relate to gastrointestinal upset (usually nausea and vomiting, or abdominal pain) or diffuse aches and pains, which may affect the bones. These types of side effects ussualyy go away over time, although you may have totake medications to control the symptoms for a few weeks or so.

Acutely, there may also be a hypersensitivity reaction that can affect the liver, the skin or other organs. This can occur with abacavir or non-nucleoside drugs, and can include sores in the mouth. If such systemic reactions occur, the medications should be stopped immediately, as the reaction can be quite serious, even fatal.



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