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Hiv Antiviral Drugs Side Effects

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Raltegravir (Isentress)

What Is Raltegravir? Who Should Take It? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Raltegravir Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does it React With Other Drugs? The Bottom Line What Is Raltegravir? Raltegravir (Isentress) is a drug used for antiviral therapy against HIV. It was formerly known as MK-0518. It is manufactured by Merck. Raltegravir is the first "integrase inhibitor" drug. When HIV infects a cell, it combines its...
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side effects of HIV antiviral medications

Is it common for someone on HIV antiviral medications to experience very bad breath? IF so how is it treated or can it be . My coworker's breath is so bad it is very hard to stand 4 feet away from them without smelling their breath. We are...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Antiretroviral drugs can have many annoying side effects and toxicities; however, bad breath isn't one of them! The usual causes include poor oral hygiene; an infection in the sinuses, mouth or throat; and eating garlic to ward off vampires.... Read more »

long term use of antivirals side effects

Is nueropathy a side effect of long term use of truvada and viramune xr?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The risk for peripheral neuropathy due exclusively to Truvada + Viramune is low but not zero (generally would compare favorably to many other regimens particularly older regimens). Many conditions can cause or mimic peripheral neuropathy so... Read more »

Long Term Side Effects From Antiviral Meds!

Dear Henry,I am a 35yr old male, diagnosed 10yrs this August & had start treatment straight away due to low cd4 & had pneumonia twice. Over the years I have been diagnosed with Neuropathy which was 8months of complete Painful torture till I...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Wow-thank you for sharing your incredible and complicated story. Options for alternative HIV drugs depend on whether you have developed or harbor resistant virus. Switching to an integrase inhibitor such as dolutegravr if that is available in N... Read more »

When does HIV become resistant to antiviral drugs?

Hello,From reading some of the answers on this site, I now know that I shouldn't have been prescribed PEP (Truvada, Norvir, Prezista)by the hospital as I took it days after the 72 hour window from potential hiv exposure. I did take the drugs...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I do not think this exposure warrants PEP or all the concern. I am not a believer in oral sex (sore or no sore, rough or not) transmitting HIV. The 4 days of PEP that you took should not lead to drug resistance if we imagine you did become infected.... Read more »
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long term side effects

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
It would be interesting to hear from anyone that has been on antivirals for a long time(more than 4 years continously)that have minimal or NO side effects. Physical(appearence wise as well as internal) IF anyone out there falls into this catagory... Read more »

long term side effects(lack of)

Posted by Anonymous
For women who have been on antivirals continuously for a while (more than four to five years)and have not had any side effects or minimal ones,could you please share your experiences. What you are taking, what you experienced(if it resolved while on... Read more »

HIV side effects? (heart attacks & seizures)

Posted by Carrie, 1 Reply
I'm starting to post more here, and hope I'm not bothering anyone by it. I'm just looking to get further educated.

Anyways, my 33 year old boyfriend is pos and I who am 27 are neg. We've been talking about having a baby (in another post) but another... Read more »

Can't Take Meds without Major Side effects

Posted by Broken_Angel1, 3 Replies
Since December I have been on four treatment regimes. Two included Norvir/Kaletra w/two others and Reyataz/Combivar w/one other. All of them have given me the same exact problems. I go thru two weeks of side effects (nausea, vomiting, weak, dark... Read more »