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Advances in AIDS Medication

aids-advancementsHIV has been ravaging the world for many years. It attacks
the immune system of its victims with devastating results. The medical world
has not yet been able to find a way to eradicate the virus however they have
been able to find ways of slowing its progression. The treatment regime is not
the exact same for each individual and some infected individuals have to take
as many as three or four different medications each day to keep the virus in
their system at bay. Here is a look at a few of the medications that have been
approved by the American Food and Drug Administration.

If you are not certain what kind of medication you are being given you are
entitled to ask. You are also entitled to inquire as to the various potential
side effects that the drug may have. The side effects vary from person to
person with some people displaying little or no side effects while others may
display very extreme side effects. If you do experience any side effects it is
important to make certain that you notify your physician of these and make joint
decision as to your next course of action. It is not recommended that you stop
taking your medication without the approval of your physician. The medication
is there to prevent the virus from replicating and destroying your immune
system as quickly as it would otherwise be able to.

Each medication will also have a number of contraindications that may dictate
what you are and are not able to take. It is important that you provide your
physician with as much information about your state of health and any potential
complications that you may have such as pregnancy or heart conditions or allergies
to ensure that you are not prescribed a medication that is not recommended for
use in individuals with your specific problem.

When it comes to the treatment of any illness it is important that you work in
conjunction with your physician to find a treatment that will not do further
damage. The more information you are able to give your physician the better
since various prescription drugs have a number of side effects and are
contraindicated for those suffering from certain conditions. It is also never advisable
to stop taking your prescribed medication without prior consultation with your
doctor.