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05.03.01  Expand sub section  HIV infection
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Treatment aims to prevent the mortality and morbidity associated with chronic HIV infection whilst minimising drug toxicity. Although it should be started before the immune system is irreversibly damaged, the need for early drug treatment should be balanced against the risk of toxicity. Commitment to treatment and strict adherence over many years are required; the regimen chosen should take into account convenience and patient tolerance. Treatment also reduces the risk of HIV transmission to sexual partners, but the risk is not eliminated completely.

The optimum time for initiating antiretroviral treatment depends primarily on the CD4 cell count. The timing and choice of treatment should also take account of clinical symptoms, comorbidities and the possible effect of antiretroviral drugs on factors such as the risk of CV events. Treatment includes a combination of drugs known at 'highly active antretroviral therapy'.

05.03.01  Expand sub section  Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
05.03.01  Expand sub section  Protease inhibitors
Atazanavir (Reyataz)
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  • Mild to moderate rash occurs commonly, usually within the first 3 weeks of therapy. Severe rash occurs less frequently and may be accompanied by systemic symptoms. Discontinue if severe rash develops.
 
   
Atazanavir with cobicistatBlack Triangle (Evotaz)
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  • Available as tablets
 
   
Darunavir (Prezista)
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  • Available as tablets
  • Mild to moderate rash occurs commonly, usually within the first 4 weeks of therapy and resolvees without stopping treatment. Severe skin rash (including Stevens-Johnson symtrom and toxic epidermal necrolysis) occurs less frequently and may be accompanied by fever, malaise, arthralgia, myalgia, oral lesions, conjunctivitis, hepatitis or eosinophilia; treatment should be stopped if this develops.
  • If a dose is more than 6 hours late on the twice daily regimen (or more than 12 hours late on the once daily regimen), the missed dose should not be taken and the next dose should be taken at the normal time.
 
   
Darunavir with cobicistatBlack Triangle (Rezolsta)
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Ritonavir (Norvir)
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SPECIALIST ONLY - These drugs are deemed to be not appropriate for prescribing by GPs. Specialists should not ask GPs to prescribe these drugs.   

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SPECIALIST INITIATED - These drugs must be initiated, i.e. the first dose prescribed, by the specialist and then may be continued when appropriate by the patients GP following communication from the specialist.   

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SPECIALIST ADVISED Specialists may simply advise a patients GP to initiate these drugs themselves after they have made an initial assessment.   

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SHARED CARE - Responsibility for prescribing may be transferred from secondary to primary care with the agreement of an individual GP and when agreed shared care arrangements have been established. The specialist MUST stabilize the patient before asking for care to be transferred. Only specialists should initiate these drugs. Prescribing should be transferred to GPs according to an Shared Care Agreement [SCA]   

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