Antiretroviral

Antiretroviral drugs help to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). The common retroviral drugs are Atazanavir, Darunavir, Indinavir, and Fosamprenavir. It works by stopping the virus replication in the body. It allows the immune system to repair itself and prevents further damage. The common side effects of antiretroviral drugs are fever, nausea, and vomiting.

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I am having belly fat after taking antiretrovirals. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I am HIV negative and have been taking Truvada and Tivicay now for exactly one month but have stopped. I am pretty regular at the gym and maintain a consistent weight of about 146 to 149. Over the past month, I have gained about 5 lbs. At times my stomach looks pregnant and it is al...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I wanted to ask you whether you had taken Truvada and Tivicay as post-exposure prophylaxis? Belly fat changes which you have developed is one of the side-effect of antiretrovirals which you had taken. The mechanism underlying is not known. As you are not taking medicin...  Read Full »

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