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Adverse Effects Of Antiretroviral Drugs

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The Feminization of an Epidemic

...contributed. Women also tend to have higher levels of ARV medications in their blood than men, which may lead to improved responses to treatment. The consequence of higher drug levels than men, however, can also be a higher number of adverse effects. Antiretroviral Drug Levels in Women Versus Men Cross-sectional and small pharmacokinetic studies have shown that women tend to have higher levels of antiretrovirals in their blood than men. ...
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new hiv med Raltegravir looks good and is the future of hiv meds

Dr Bob, l read there is a new hiv drug on the market which is early in its stage called raltegravir and its a integrase inhibitor, a nother name for it could be isentress, the drug has no reported side effects... Dr Bob what do you know about this...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...treatment-experienced patients who demonstrated significant resistance to the original three antiretroviral drug classes.Drug-related adverse effects were practically nonexistent with Isentress in these clinical trials.Isentress has been approved... Read more »


I have a friend that has been diagnosed with hiv, and is on medication. truvada norivor and saquiniver as well as fuzeon. Are there are known complications with these with someone that is also takeing steroids to get bulky. He took the steroids...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...Most steroids used for body building have not been thoroughly tested for their safety in those with HIV and on antiretroviral therapy. In addition, we do not know for all of these drugs what impact they might have on the drugs being used to... Read more »

Which Drug is Worst ?

HelloI know each drug has its own side effects ! But having seen Viox pulled off the shelf , my question is of ALL the HIV meds now approved whhich has had the most adverse effects on the body i.e Zerit etc.. I know its a tough question but there...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...Each of the the drugs has benefits and adverse effects. Some people tolerate one drug well and another poorly. I'm afraid there is no clear answer to your question. However, I can Read more »

adverse effect of betamethasone, topical corticosteroid cream

hello doctor, i have used betamethasone cream for 2 months before i took my elisa test, does this affect test or could cause false negative?the result was both non reactive for HIv-1 and Hiv 2.I use that cream everytime my sebo flares up, since year...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Dexamethasone does not cause false + HIV tests. Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Specific Adverse Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy Vary Depending on Race, Gender, Study Says

...For the study, Ellen Tedaldi of Temple University's School of Medicine and colleagues compared the frequency and types of adverse effects among 1,301 patients who were initiating antiretroviral therapy. The study included 701 black... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

Managing the Adverse Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy

...and symptoms of HIV infection in most patients who remain adherent to their assigned multidrug regimen. However, each of these antiretroviral agents is associated with a number of adverse effects -- and these can range from merely bothersome to... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Adverse Effects Associated with Antiretroviral Therapy

...including metabolic abnormalities and changes in body fat distribution. The magnitude and unusual nature of HAART-associated adverse effects have contributed to the current rethinking and debate about anti-HIV therapy. Indeed, these side effects... Read more »
The Body PRO

Hyperlactatemia, Hepatotoxicity, and Other Adverse Effects of Antiretroviral Therapies

...pancreatitis, including one fatal case in a patient treated with ddI/stavudine (d4T)/HU. The crude rate of pancreatitis for each antiretroviral was: 0.8 cases/100 person-years (PY) on therapy with ddI; 1.0 case/PY for d4T; 1.5 cases/PY for... Read more »
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...combination antiretroviral therapy with at least three drugs to which the patient has never been exposed. TABLE 3 Recommended Antiretroviral Agents for the Treatment of Established HIV Infection* ... Read more »

my name is keith...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...know that the possibility of both can exist side-by-side if I'm willing to put up with these adverse effects. If you want to know more about my life (i.e., my years spent as a male prostitute,... Read more »

a glimmer of hope for a cure

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...frequency of replication-competent HIV in circulating resting CD4 T-cells, they conclude. None of the patients experienced severe adverse effects during the trial, although all had mild irritation at the sites of T-20 injection, a well-known... Read more »