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What's in your cabinet?

Some HIV medications and complementary therapies may cause kidney side effects. Talk to your doctor about these drugs:

Nucleotide Analogues

Tenofovir, the active ingredient in Viread and one of the drugs in Truvada and Atripla

Possible side effect Accumulation in the kidney tubules, resulting in renal problems in a very small percentage of users

Nucleoside Analogues

Drugs All, notably Zerit (stavudine) and Videx (didanosine)

Possible side effect Rare acid buildup in the blood that can result in kidney failure

Protease Inhibitors

Drugs Crixivan (indinavir) and, less frequently, Reyataz (atazanavir)

Possible side effect
Formation of kidney stones, which can be very painful and require hospitalization to remove. Tip: Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Complementary Therapies

Drugs Chinese herbs containing sources of aristolochic acid, including Aristolochia, Bragantia and Osarum

Possible side effect Chinese herbal nephropathy, leading to rapid kidney failure


Some meds that treat fungal infections, PCP and CMV

Possible side effect A rapid shutdown of the kidneys

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen)

Possible side effect
An allergic reaction known as interstitial nephritis, which can decrease blood flow inside the kidneys

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