long-term HIV drug side effects are becoming a huge problem

Now that HIV drugs are keeping patients alive longer, long-term HIV drug side effects are becoming a huge problem.

Hyperlipidemia. Mostly with protease inhibitors...Invirase, Norvir, Viracept, etc. Check lipid levels periodically...to catch it before cardiovascular disease develops.

Consider a statin for HIV patients with hyperlipidemia. Stick with pravastatin (Pravachol) or fluvastatin (Lescol) to avoid CYP3A4 interactions with protease inhibitors.

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