|Do certain excipients in HIV medications cause side effects?
Aug 3, 2007
I was wondering whether certain excipients in HIV medications cause certain side effects in HIV positive patients? Such as propylene glycol or ethanol commonly used in HIV medications?
| Response from Dr. Conway
This is certainly the potential for this to happen. The risks include allergies or gastrointestinal intolerance, to name a few. Some of the diarrhea associated with ritonavir, for instance, related not to the drug but to the non-drug contents of the old capsule. Thankfully, this type of situation is not too common...but should be considered if a particular symptom seems to elude explanation.
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