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7 Considerations When Starting HIV Medications

October 23, 2015


2. Prepare for Physical Side Effects

2. Prepare for Physical Side Effects

Tremendous strides have been made toward improving the effectiveness of HIV medications with as few side effects as possible. Nevertheless, some people do experience physical complications as a result of taking meds. These are mostly gastrointestinal and often subside after a few weeks. Some medications can cause psychological side effects. Efavirenz (Sustiva, also found in the combination pill Atripla) is known to cause vivid and strange dreams. Although these usually subside within a few weeks, efavirenz is now prescribed with far less frequency. Most people report having no persistent difficulty tolerating their medications and, if problems do occur, there are many alternative medications available.

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