A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, indicates that the way the body metabolizes the antiretroviral drug, efavirenz, may cause cognitive impairment by damaging nerve cells. It had been assumed that the brain damage that occurs in approximately 50 percent of individuals with HIV was caused by the disease. Doctors had thought that getting more drugs to the brain would prevent such impairment. Efavirenz, which is taken as part of a cocktail of medications to suppress the HIV virus, crosses the blood-brain barrier to reach potential reservoirs of the virus in the brain and is very good at controlling the virus.View Full Article
Comment by: AsianPrince
Tue., Oct. 16, 2012 at 7:36 am EDT
So, michael, from your description, sound like the damage to the memory is reversible.. No?
Comment by: Q
(San Francisco, CA)
Sun., Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm EDT
Great, exactly what I feared - effed if you do, effed if you don't. How long typically does it take an adjustment in formulation to reach the market? I do feel fuzzy on Atripla.
Comment by: michael
Sat., Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:56 am EDT
i've been saying this for almost 4 years. but many just said that it was the hiv. i ask them how can it all be the hiv when i've been undetectable for 4 years.
it never fails, when i take one day off a month from my meds, the fogginess goes away and i think faster and clearer. if it was the virus, there would not be that big a change.
sustiva should be refined more since it seem to cause many side effects like these...such as insomnia, erratic dreams, belly fat, high lipids, and possible liver and kidney damage.
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