KNOWing YOUR

MEDICATION

Knowledge is power

The management of HIV/AIDS normally includes the use of multiple antiretroviral drugs in an attempt to control HIV infection. There are several classes of antiretroviral agents that act on different stages of the HIV life-cycle. Side effects vary from person to person while some may have little or no discomfort at all.

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Septra

Trimethoprim is an antibiotic used mainly in the treatment of bladder infections. Other uses include for middle ear infections and travelers' diarrhea. With sulfamethoxazole or dapsone it may be used for Pneumocystis pneumonia in people with HIV/AIDS. It is taken by mouth.

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Atripla

Efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir, sold under the trade name Atripla is a medication used to treat HIV/AIDS. It's a fixed-dose combination of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil. It can be used by itself or together with other antiretroviral medications. It's taken oraly

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Truvada

This medication used to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS. It is a fixed-dose combination of two antiretroviral medications: tenofovir disoproxil and emtricitabine. For treatment it is used either alone or together with other antiretroviral medication as perscribed by your doctor.

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Atazanavir

is an antiretroviral medication used to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS. It's generally recommended for use with other antiretrovirals.

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Atazanavir + Truvada + Ritonavir combination

One of each tablet, all taken together, ONCE per day taken on an empty stomach. May cause yellowing on the eyes.

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Example of 3rd line drugs

These are taken of patients have exhausted all previous options. It can also be taken with other combinations under medical supervision.

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