Popular HIV Drug May Cause Memory Declines
October 3, 2012
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
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