Side effects of Susitivia
Sep 15, 2006
I have been on Sustivia along with Truvada since March 2006. I would like to find out if their are any side effects from taking this drugs. Especially effects that may occur on the skin?
Response from Dr. Henry
The FTC in Truvada can cause some skin/nail discoloration/pigmentation changes. Some rashes can be caused by tenofovir or efavirenz but often they would diminish over time. Immune reconstitution due to improving immune function on effective therapy can cause flare-ups of a variety of skin disorders. There are also a wide variety of skin problems seen in HIV+ persons as well as the general population that could be confused with a drug-related problem so a thorough evaluation often with help from a dermatologist is often necessary to better define the skin disorder and to offer targeted treatment recommendations. KH
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