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Aids Medicines Medication
Depends on CD4, VL: Hmm... not sure I want to help with this sort of question. Why would you (or someone close to you?) with HIV stop taking medications for it? If you are depressed or otherwise upset, please get counseling. That said, the "average" life span is impossible to say without knowing things like your CD4 count and viral load (VL). Anywhere from a few months to 20 years, but probably usually 2-5 years. ...Read more
Complex question: Have u been seen by a qualified doctor who manages HIV patients and followed with cd4 counts, viral loads and regular exams? Have they prescribed meds? If so, are you willing to take the risk that the medications available online are active and effective? There are usually public health programs to assist in payments for anti-retrovirals from known legitimate sources. ...Read more
HIV/AIDS MEDS/ASIA: The company with sixty percent of market in asia and eastern europe is smith kline beecham. But the brand name meds are too expensive and unaffordable by most.So generic meds are being manufactured by drug companies in india and elsewhere. ...Read more
At my grandma’s rehab center, i’d see that the aids did all the work and the lpns told them what to do, and the rns passed out drugs. Is that the way it’s done?
Different work: There are multiple kinds of "work" in a rehab center or hospital. Some of this you never see, or may not recognize as "work". Making sure the medications are correctly prepared, documented, and given is work also. Different training, different responsibilities and tasks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aids meds: This is a great question to ask at uptodate and wikipedia. ...Read more
No drugs for cure: There are no drugs currently that cures hiv, the virus that causes aids. The drugs that are available are called antiretroviral therapy. These drugs are able to clear the bloodstream of hiv, but HIV is very clever and is able to hide out in other places, like lymph nodes, where it can lay dormant or sleeping for years. The drugs are not able to get to these hiding places to kill hiv, thus no cure. ...Read more
A variety: A variety of meds can help, but for most, healthy sleep habits beat any drug, although can take some time to show improvment. Shut tv computer off an hour before bed and never use in bed. Go to bed and get up at the same time 7 days/week. Don't spend more than 8 hours in bed. Don't sleep during the day. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially late in the day. See your doctor if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antiretrovirals: There are drugs called antiretrovirals that when taken in combinations (often three drugs at one time) can extend the lives of patients with HIV for many decades. These drugs can result in boosted immune function (preservation of high cd4+ cell counts) and can reduce measurable viral loads to undetectable levels. These drug combinations are, however, not a 'cure' for hiv. ...Read more
Is it possible that a person with HIV that has already progressed to aids can lessen the disease by taking antiretroviral drugs?
Unable to estimate: It is difficult to estimate how many lives a specific anti-hiv drug like 3tc (lamivudine) saved. This is because 3tc (lamivudine) is often one of three drugs used in an HIV drug regimen or "cocktail". The combination of 3 drugs, also called haart, or highly active anti-retroviral therapy, has saved many lives throughout the entire world and remains the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more
Risk vs. Benefit: It depends on the drug.Get a more detailed answer ›
My friend was just started on a type of chemo for hiv/aids. What chemo drugs are used to treat hiv/aids?
Friend just got diagnosed with aids. cd4 = 10, took ARV drugs on thursday now feels weak. Is this normal?
Advanced AIDS: Unfortunately if your friend has a CD4 count of 10, that means there's significant damage to his immune system. Those medications are the only way to recover from this -yet there could be side effects depending on what medications he's actually on. Good to check back with the doctor. In Manila you can find help at San Lazaro hospital - I know some of the docs there if you need a contact. God bless ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if my friend was just started on a type of chemo for hiv/aids. what different chemo drugs are used to treat hiv/a?
HIV treatment: There are numerous classes of anti-retrovirals to treat HIV/AIDS. Their mechanisms of action are different, but the end result is the same. They all act to decrease viral replication, causing a decrease in the viral load in the blood as well as a gradual increase in the CD4 - T helper - cells. This helps to boost back the immune system. ...Read more
Is it possible for someone with a Hep C/multi sub-strain HIV co infection who uses recreational drugs to transition to AIDS in under a year?
Full Blown AIDS: Unfortunately yes, with both infections and if not properly treated or if your strain of HIV is resistant, you can progress to bull blown AIDS in a short period of time. Do you have a specialist? Here is a link to the mobile clinic in Houston Schedule http://www.houstontx.gov/health/hiv-mobile-clinic And another link for HIV Advocacy http://www.centerforaids.org/ ...Read more
Is it possible to catch any diseases such as STDs or stis or hiv/aids if you do not have sex or use drugs is there any other way to get a disease?
Cause & source: Infectious diseases can be avoided by knowing the cause and avoiding the source. Refraining from one activity or another by itself is not the answer. You can avoid STDs by avoiding the exchange of contaminated body fluids or tissues not by avoiding sex altogether. Same with HIV, Ebola etc: understand the cause and the mode of transmission ...Read more
My mom said the doctor said her heart is working 20%. My mom did meth for 15 yrs and also has aids, how long will she live? And if she continues drug
Well tolerated: There are many well tolerated and effective treatment options for hiv. Some people are able to take only one pill a day for treatment (that has 3 medications combined in one). If a person does develop side effects, the doc can usually find other meds that are tolerated. Once HIV treatment is started it is important to take the meds consistently so the virus doesn't become resistant to treatment. ...Read more
Aids meds: Go to drugs.com and you will find answer. There are many and many combos. Changes every day so cannot give you correct humber today. ...Read more
Best HAART: The best haart is that therapy that is guided by the individuals specific viral infection. We check for resistance mutations in a test called a genotype. We then tailor the medication regimen based on the genotype ; the fine detail on how the patient tolerates the drug ; if the virus becomes suppressed on the regimen. If the virus does not suppress we look for hidden mutations ; refine the tx. ...Read more
HIV/AIDS medication: AIDS is treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) in order to suppress the levels of HIV in the body. There are 6 classes of HIV medication and the Department of Health and Human Services recommends starting treatment with at least 3 HIV drugs from 2 different classes. An example is Atripla which contains emtricitabine, efavirenz, and tenofovir 3-in-1 pill. NIH link: http://tinyurl.com/h2mx4o ...Read more
Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) zidovudine: The earliest effective treatment (early 1980s) was sulfa-trimethoprim (Bactrim®) to prevent Pneumocysts pneumonia in people with advanced immune deficiency. The first anti-HIV drug was zidovudine, originally called azidothymidine or AZT, which became available in the late 1980s. Used alone, it slowed HIV progression and sometimes improved AIDS dementia, but only a little and not for long. ...Read more
Yes: There are very effective treatments available now but there are no cures. ...Read more
About 8 to 10 years.: A typical survival time for a person with HIV (from diagnosis to death) in the pre-medication era was 8 to 10 years. Now that there are multiple good medications that can be used in combinations (highly active antiretroviral therapy / haart), persons with HIV and even with aids can live for several decades with good care and healthy lifestyle choices. Hope that this helps. ...Read more
HIV/AIDS treatment: Yes, there are numerous medications used to treat HIV and prevent progression to AIDS, and many medications to treat AIDS, improve immune status, and treat any complications of HIV/AIDS. It is most important to be followed regularly by an HIV specialist. Most people with HIV do very well on medication. ...Read more
HIV Immunocompromise: The rate of deterioration in immune function and progression to AIDS depends on various factors and differs per individual. Current international and local clinical guidelines (e.g. WHO) advise that patients with HIV start treatment ASAP and not wait for immune deterioration or clinical signs of AIDS - immune function may not be fully restored if treatment delayed. Advise see family practitioner ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hiv-aids. I take medication for that. Do i need to take some natural complements to increase the immune sistem? What complements. Thanks
Depends: Natural supplements are not regulated hence it is difficult to say for sure what you are taking. Or its effect. Hence take your medications regularly, eat healthy, excercise and follow your treating physcians' advice . If weight is under ibw you doctor may consider Megace (megestrol) and protein shakes. ...Read more
Dorwsiness: Otc sleep aids typically contain diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in benadryl. Drowsiness is a big side effect of this medicine so any prescription medicine that can cause drowsiness like pain killers for example should be used with caution with sleep aids containing diphenhydramine. ...Read more
I've tried otc sleep aids and 6mg lunesta (eszopiclone) and 20mg of ambien. What other sleep medications are available I could try?
Oral thrush w/ no hiv/aids, no medications, no diabetes, nothing unusual. I am worried b/c everything i read says that highly unusual for adult thrush?
Unlikely diagnosis: In virtually all the cases i've seen like this, the worried patients don't have thrush at all, just a white coating on the tongue, which they spend way too much time looking at in the mirror. It doesn't help that some doctors make the same mistake. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a person has an STD and for that he/she never engage into sex anymore, without taking medication, probably will he/she die?Or get hiv/aids?
Needs information: Here which std you are talking about ? Any std needs to be diagnose and treated adequately. Without sex unlikely to get std, unless blood / genital fluid exchange happen with some unknown reason than accidents.Hiv is also consider one of the std and untreated person can die. Syphilis is one of the monster that untreated leads to someone life miserable. ...Read more
I've researched that methamphetamine can quicken the progression of aids. I was perscribed an ADHD medication thats in the amphetamine family. Similar?
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