Side Effects of HIV Drugs
June 11, 2014
In addition to the side effects listed above, you can find more information on other possible side effects in the Health and Medical Issues section of our website.
The majority of studies have shown that taking HIV drugs during pregnancy does not increase the risk of birth defects. However, there are certain HIV drugs that should not be used by pregnant women because of potential problems for the mother or the baby.
HIV+ women should not take Zerit and Videx at the same time if they are pregnant. Some pregnant women who took these drugs together developed lactic acidosis, which resulted in deaths.
If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, speak to your health care provider about all of your medications to be sure there are no specific warnings for pregnant women. The good news is there are several HIV drugs that are safe to take during pregnancy. If taken as directed, these HIV drugs can make the chances that you will pass HIV on to your baby very low (less than one in 50).
HIV drugs help many people live longer, healthier lives. Side effects are an important factor in determining who stays on their HIV drugs. While the term "side effects" may make them sound like they are not a big problem, if they are getting in the way of your taking your HIV drugs, they may get in the way of your good health. If you are having trouble sticking to your HIV drug regimen because of problems with side effects, speak to your health care provider before skipping, reducing, or stopping your drugs. There is usually something that can be done about it, such as changing the dose of that drug, switching to another drug, or finding ways to treat or manage the side effect directly.
Interventions Crafted for Those Struggling With Mental Health and HIV Adherence Show Promise, Report States
This article was provided by The Well Project. Visit The Well Project's Web site to learn more about their resources and initiatives for women living with HIV. The Well Project shares its content with TheBody.com to ensure all people have access to the highest quality treatment information available. The Well Project receives no advertising revenue from TheBody.com or the advertisers on this site. No advertiser on this site has any editorial input into The Well Project's content.
Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)