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Medications for AIDS

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by Wood D
The information provided here is meant to give you a general idea about each of the medications listed below. Please review any specific side effects or special instructions with your doctor. Use each of these medications as recommended by your doctor, or according to the instructions provided. If you have further questions about usage or side effects, contact your doctor.
Medications are given to treat and control HIV viral infections in the body. As research continues, new drugs are becoming available. It is extremely important to take the medications exactly as prescribed especially since HIV resistance to medication can develop if doses are skipped. Work with your doctor to develop a plan of treatment that can best fit your needs. This plan may change as new treatments become available.
Drugs are typically prescribed in combination. Treatment with a combination of drugs is referred to as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Doctors attribute longer survival and improved health in people with HIV infection to the use of HAART.

Prescription Medications

  • Ritonavir
  • Saquinavir
  • Nelfinavir
  • Lopinavir/ritonavir
  • Fosamprenavir
  • Atazanavir
  • Tipranavir
  • Darunavir
  • AZT
  • ddC
  • ddI
  • d4T
  • Lamivudine
  • Abacavir
  • Emtricitabine
  • Tenofovir
  • Zidovudine and lamivudine
  • Zidovudine, lamivudine, and abacavir
  • Abacavir and lamivudine
  • Emtricitabine and tenofovir
  • Delavirdine
  • Nevirapine
  • Efavirenz
  • Etravirine
  • Rilpivirine
  • Enfuvirtide
  • Raltegravir
  • Elvitegravir
  • Dolutegravir
  • Maraviroc
Once a day complete combination treatment pills:
  • Efavirenz, tenofovir, and emtricitabine
  • Rilpivirine, tenofovir and emtricitabine
  • Elvitegravir, cobicistat, tendofovir and emtricitabine
  • Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole
  • Pentamidine
  • Foscarnet
  • Ganciclovir
  • Atovaquone
  • Valacyclovir
  • Valganciclovir
In addition, combinations of some of the above medications can be prescribed as one pill.


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