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Side Effects of HIV Drugs

May 2013

Taking HIV drugs can also affect your heart and bone health. For more information, see our info sheets on Caring for your Heart, and Bone Disease.

In addition to the side effects listed above, you can find more information on other possible side effects in the Diseases and Conditions section of the TWP 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 (stavudine) and Videx (didanosine) at the same time if they are pregnant. Some pregnant women who took these drugs together developed lactic acidosis, which resulted in deaths. Sustiva (efavirenz) and

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See Also
Side Effect Chart: An Abbreviated, At-a-Glance Guide to HIV Drug Side Effects
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Reader Comments:

Comment by: will (florida) Mon., Apr. 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm EDT
There seems to be no information on side effects of HIV drugs for those who have been on them many years. I have developed, abnormal lipids, CKD, heart disease (1 heart attack), fatty liver, gall stones, and lipo dystrophy. Now after 26 years on many meds, I develop toxicity and am forced to stop my meds ever couple of months. This is the down side to powerful, DNA/RNA altering drugs that nobody wants to discuss or recognize.
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