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Side Effects Of Hiv Medications

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Side Effects of HIV Drugs

Table of Contents Side Effects and HIV Drugs Knowing About Side Effects Can Help Women and Side Effects Milder Side Effects More Serious Side Effects Other Possible Side Effects Side Effects or Toxicities During Pregnancy Taking Care of Yourself Side Effects and HIV Drugs Over the years, many HIV drugs have been developed that help people livelonger, healthier lives. Like all drugs approved by the US Food and...
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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
This is certainly the potential for this to happen. The risks include allergies or gastrointestinal intolerance, to name a few. Some of the diarrhea associated with ritonavir, for instance, related not to the drug but to the non-drug contents of... 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 »

A side effect of HIV or medications ? JB

Hi Dr's thanks for sharing your time helping on this great website . I have been on the same medications for over a year and a half zerit , epivir and sustiva with a stable tcell count at 650+ a high percent and an undetectable viral load ( a...
John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Response from John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Duke University Medical Center
Chris, I have seen a number of patients recently who have developed similar problems. I don't know whether it is a function of immunologic reconstitution or not. However, there is good treatment and I would strongly recommend reporting these... 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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fear of medications side effects

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
Hi all! Im one of those who just tested postive. My cd4 is 320 and as per my doctor Im on what you call "gray zone" level. Done with my baselines and all of my lab tests are negative. I may not be advise to take medications for the time being but Im... 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 »

Medications and HIV Test

Posted by kbuddy77, 2 Replies
Hey guys quick question does anyone know if Lithum, Seraquil, Ambien Effect a Hiv test I tested neg at 2 mths. Im not a worry well i just wanted to ask this early on but forgot thanks!! Read more »

Atripla side effects (what not someone else with Atripla Drama)

Posted by Kenn, 3 Replies
Looking for another opinion if I should continue with Atripla and try to ride out the next two weeks or stop and try another medication. I'm on day 5, I have a history of anxiety and so far this has been multiplied two fold. I have been walking... Read more »