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Side Effects of HIV and AIDS Drugs

Severe Side Effects of HIV Drugs continued...

Treatment of liver damage includes stopping or changing HIV drugs, but only under the guidance of your doctor.

Skin rashes may range from mild to severe, covering at least 30% of the body's skin surface area. Some are life-threatening. All classes of HIV drugs, including fusion inhibitors, may cause this side effect.

Symptoms of severe rashes include:

    • Flat or raised red spots with blisters in the center
    • Blisters in the mouth, eyes, genitals, or other moist areas
    • Peeling skin that causes painful sores
    • Fever
    • Headache

Treatment of skin rashes includes:

    • A change in medications, but only under the guidance of your doctor
    • Antihistamine drugs
    • Hospitalization and intravenous fluids and medications for severe skin rashes

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 01, 2012

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