What Are Side Effects Aids Cocktail

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Drug Interactions

...Need Special Attention? What About Herbal Products? The Bottom Line What Are Drug Interactions? Prescription drug dosages need to be high enough to fight a specific disease but low enough to avoid causing serious sideeffects. Large changes in the amount of the drug in your bloodstream can be caused by prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) drugs, recreational drugs, herbal products, or food. This is called a "drug...
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I have been hiv+ for 16 years and full blown for 4. In the last two months I have come down with pericarditis twice. It knocks me down to where I am pretty much sleeping. Have you heard of any other cases of positive people with pericarditis. My...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Pericarditis can be due to a wide range of conditions (such as kidney failure) besides HIV or antiretroviral medications. AZT has been linked to some cardiac conditions but otherwise your current regimen (AZT is Read more »

effects of hiv cocktail on diabetic

Police officer must take hiv cocktail due to bite on hand from drug user. Officer is diabetic. Can they take this cocktail and what side effects occur
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...A one month course of antiretrovirals rarely would have any lasting effect on diabetic status. For some regimens and diabetics there could be a modest aggravating effect during the 4 weeks on treatment. Read more »

Can lypodystrophy effect penis size?

Dear dr. Frascino,I'm in my mid 40s and have been on anti-retroviral drugs now for over twenty years. Ten years of monotherapies and ten with various cocktails. Up until I started protease inhibitor based cocktails, I had few side effects... some...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Generally speaking, lipoatrophy does not affect your home entertainment center. Certainly the old adage, "what you don't use, you lose," may apply, but often the apparent decrease in penis size may actually be related to an increase in your... Read more »

Trouble sleeping/nausea/dizziness on new cocktail

2 weeks ago I switched Crix and Norvir (which I tolerated quite well), for Kaletra, Ziagen, and Sustiva, while continuing on Zerit and 3TC. While some days seem to be better than others, and taking with lots of food helps, I still suffer dizziness...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
...The sideeffects you are describing are probably related to efavirenz (Sustiva/Stocrin); however, the other medications may be exacerbating Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Drugs Help AIDS Patients Live Well Into Senior Years

...patients will join the ranks of seniors, thanks to drug treatments that extend their lives. The proportion of Los Angeles County residents with AIDS age 50 and older has grown from 14 percent in 1997 to more than 25 percent in 2004. About 6... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Is the Success of AIDS Treatment Making Gay Men Complacent?

...goes away! WRONG! These cocktails are not wonder drugs. Although these drugs can benefit many people, for some people, the sideeffects of these drugs can be difficult. The media rarely shows this side of AIDS treatment. A great concern... Read more »
The Well Project

Side Effects of HIV Drugs

... Table of Contents SideEffects and HIV Drugs Being Informed About SideEffects Helps Women and SideEffects Taking Care of Yourself SideRead more »
AIDS InfoNet

Side Effects

... What Are SideEffects? Who Gets SideEffects? How to Deal With SideEffects Which SideEffects Are the Most Common? The Bottom Read more »
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Any side effects?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...At first I was apprehensive about taking them, because of horror stories I heard about AIDS drugs. I have not experienced any sideeffects from any of these drugs, and I think that it is weird. All of my blood work is really good and my doctor is... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
... Myself, I really don't know how I would deal with something like that. I wonder what it's like to find something out that effects your WHOLE life, and everyone in it. I know that some people w/ HIV/AIDS live a "normal" life, whatever normal... Read more »

Can't Take Meds without Major Side effects

Posted by Broken_Angel1, 3 Replies
...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 sideeffects (nausea, vomiting, weak, dark circles under eyes) among other things...then the symptoms... Read more »

Faith versus Cocktails

Posted by Anonymous, 7 Replies
...Despite my doctors and some friends strong belief that I,m commiting my on form of suicide. I,ve not been convinced to do the drug cocktails. I did however give up drinking, and began working out a year and half ago. However thats when my #,s... Read more »