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Hiv Antivirals

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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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Which HIV meds have broader anti-viral properties?

Do any of the HIV meds show promise or efficacy as broader antiviral agents...similar to how alpha interferon can be a broad based antiviral? (I don'tmean just for Hep B, but beyond...).Many thanks....
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Almost all HIV meds are HIV-1/2 specific. However, there are a few that have activity against HTLV 1 and 2, which are also retrovirus cousins of HIV-1.... Read more »

What is the average timeframe of progression of HIV to AIDs related illnesses, even when using antiviral medication?

What is the life expectancy of an individual who has had HIV since 1990 and been on antiviral medication for approximately 3 years? ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Unknown but it is expected to be measured possibly in decades. KH... Read more »

Metamucil together with HIV antivirals

effects, I take Metamucil on a daily regimen. But I have heard from friends that taking Metamucil too soon before or after my HIV antivirals interferes with the drug absorption. Is this true?" ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
General advice is to separate use of stool softeners from timing of HIV meds out of most theoretical concerns--I have had many patients taking Metamucil on a variety of HIV regimens and have not observed a negative effect on the effectiveness of the... Read more »

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 »
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Herpes and HIV/delayed sero

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know whether taking Famvir (an antiviral) for a rash (herpes like burning sensation) for 5 days (this was 2 weeks after exposure) would delay seroconversion? Could it delay it beyond 3 months? Is there any real need to test at 6 months... Read more »

valtrex

Posted by Smith, 1 Reply

I think this is a new question . . . .

Will valtrex (Valacyclovir) - a treatment for herpes and I believe an antiviral drug - impact hiv progression and therefore testing?

I had a p24 antigen test and antibody test at 22 days post exposure, but had... Read more »

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 »