Complications and Side Effects
Antiretroviral drugs can, in rare cases, cause serious medical complications, including
metabolic changes such as abnormal fat distribution, abnormal lipid and glucose
metabolism, and bone loss. Monitoring for these complications and side effects is
the responsibility of patients and their healthcare providers.
NIAID supports research aimed at understanding antiretroviral drug-related complications
and other side effects, as well as strategies to reduce patient exposure to potentially
toxic drug regimens, such as different drug-dosing schedules or combinations, and
comparing early versus delayed treatment. NIAID is striving to develop simpler,
less toxic, and more effective antiretroviral drug regimens.
Information published courtesy of NIAID
This article was last modified in: 06/18/2012