Drug Reactions

A recent series found that 3 to 5 percent of emergency department visits by symptomatic HIV-positive patients were related to complications of pharmacologic therapy.12 That incidence is likely to increase as the number of new antiretroviral drugs and various combination therapies being prescribed continues to increase.

Table l39-Z illustrates common side effects of medications frequently prescribed for HIV-infected patients. Review of current reference sources and consultation with a hospital pharmacologist and an infectious disease specialist are indicated when drug reactions are suspected.

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