How to Cope With 6 Common Side Effects of Anti-HIV Drugs


Beth Orenstein

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Side effects are common with anti-HIV (antiretroviral) drugs. The higher the dose, the more likely you are to experience them. Your chance of experiencing side effects also is higher if you have a small-framed body or your body tends to process drugs slowly. Taking your drugs on an empty stomach or with fatty foods or beverages, such as whole milk, can worsen side effects.

If you’re having trouble with side effects, try these steps to ease your discomfort:

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Oct 23, 2015