Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: TheBodyPRO.com Covers AIDS 2014
   
Ask the Experts About

Women and HIVWomen and HIV
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Oct 8, 2006

Is it true that some one who has had Stephen Johnson's Syndrome should not or cannot take HIV meds?

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a severe hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction that involves a skin rash and ulcerations of the mucous membranes of the eyes, mouth, etc. SJS can occur as a response to a medication and can be fatal if the associated medication is not stopped. SJS has been associated with nevirapine (Viramune) therapy, but fewer than 1% of individuals who are treated with nevirapine develop SJS.

If you have had SJS in the past, you would certainly not want to take the medication that caused the reaction, nor would you want to take any medication that was chemically similar. However, there are quite a few available antiretrovirals, many of which would probably have little risk of cross-reaction. I would advise you to discuss this with your care provider to determine what your options are.


Previous
More than one strain of HIV?
Next
pregnancy

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


 
 
Advertisement




Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement