side effects from medication
Oct 30, 2005
How do side effects change throughout the stages of Aids? Comparing one who just started taking the beginning medication compared to someone who has taken medication for 10 years, maybe 20.
Response from Dr. Henry
Good questions for which precise data is lacking since studies generally don't collect that type of information. Effective HIV therapy has only been available for about 10 years and the drugs used now often differ substantially from the drugs used 10 years ago so comparisons are difficult. The general rule (many exceptions) is that many side effects are worse when drugs started in late disease versus early disease. Many side effects are iitially subtle and take a while to manifest themselves (such as fat distribution issues) so a person who has taken med sor 10-20 years has certainly had more time to develop problems often with drugs than are much less used now. I think it is fair to say that one of the drinving forces for new drug regimens is safety and tolerability so I do expect the current regimens to have less side effects after 10 years than what we witnessed in the past. KH
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