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Common Side Effects Of Hiv Medications

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
The Well Project

Side Effects of HIV Drugs

... Table of Contents Side Effects and HIV Drugs Being Informed About Side Effects Helps Women and Side Effects Taking Care of Yourself Side Effects and HIV Drugs Over the years, drugs have been developed that can treat a wide range of medical problems, including
Ask the Experts

Do certain excipients in HIV medications cause side effects?

I was wondering whether certain excipients in HIV medications cause certain side effects in HIV positive patients? Such as propylene glycol or ethanol commonly used in HIV medications?
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...drug but to the non-drug contents of the old capsule. Thankfully, this type of situation is not too common...but should be considered if a particular symptom seems to elude explanation. Read more »

HIV Medication Side Effects Suggestions

I am a 36 year old caucasion male and have been HIV+ since 1999 and did not need meds because my viral load stayed around 10,000. Feb. 2005 I was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma and went through 8 months of chemo and had a stem cell transplant in...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...producing a rash, but occasionally can cause one. Clearly, the regimen you are on now is not a keeper in view of the multiple side effects. What I generally do in a situation like yours is break the established rules. The accepted dogma in HIV... Read more »

Hiv medication side effects

I have had HIV/AIDS since 1993. I have had to change my medication several times since but the last few years I have either felf real good or real bad. Is this from the virus, or medication? My CD4 count was 900 and CBC was good. High...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Many HIV patients (even those who are doing good on meds) have fatigue (good and bad days) which actually is common in the general population as well. Likely not due to the virus per se. The meds can contribute as can psychological state, amount of... Read more »

street drugs - adverse side effects with hiv drugs

My Friends and I are going to palm springs in October, we are planning to take an ecstasy. We rarely take the drug and don't plan to make a habit of it. None of use are taking Protease Inhibitors; but all of us take Sustiva and viramune along with...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Well, sorry to hear its been a bad year... and hope you have a good time. Without too much regret the next morning...As for drug interactions -- the expected interactions between either Sustiva or Viramune would be to decrease the level by some... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV Drug Linked to Serious Liver Side Effects, Health Canada Warns

...(darunavir) that serious liver side effects have been linked to the drug. Prezista is used, in combination with ritonavir and other HIV drugs, for patients who have failed other antiretroviral therapy. Among Prezista patients studied in clinical... Read more »

A Woman's View of HIV Drug Side Effects

... HIV drugs help HIV+ people live longer lives with fewer illnesses. But there are potential side effects associated with all of the drugs. Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

A Practical Guide to HIV Drug Side Effects

Acknowledgements and Credits Introduction Appetite Loss Body Distortion -- Lipodystrophy Bone Death and Destruction Avascular Necrosis Osteopenia and Osteoporosis Cardiac Concerns Diarrhea Fatigue ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: HIV Drugs Lauded, but Side Effects Severe

... HIV/AIDS cases continue to rise in Canada as effective treatments allow many patients to live longer with the disease, a Canadian health official said Monday. In 1993, 1,564 people Read more »
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Fat loss in the cheeks but no HIV disease

Posted by Serge2008, 2 Replies nothing wrong!... Can anybody explain me what is going on? I read that many people who have HIV have this kind of fat loss effects but what about people who don't have HIV and have the same problems?... Thanks and have a nice week-end! Serge... Read more »


Posted by je5872, 2 Replies
...guy on no meds when condom broke. i immediately washed and urinated. Has anyone had this experince? do they feel the PEP was effective? Read more »

HIV and the brain - update

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
...My neurologist at UCLA, Dr. Elyse Singer, has been warning since the mid 1990's that HIV's effect on the brain and nervous systems was a ticking timebomb. The meds never completely eradicate the virus from the body and never Read more »

fear of medications side effects

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
...all of my lab tests are negative. I may not be advise to take medications for the time being but Im pretty scared of the side effects like steven jonhsons et all. I know medication side effect varies but can anyone tell me how to handle these... Read more »