for Veterans and the Public
Should you ever switch the drugs you're taking?
You should never change the drug plan you're on without talking with your provider. This is a very important decision and one that must be made with your provider.
There are a few reasons that your provider may suggest you change your medicines. There may be a fixed-dose combination pill that could simplify your therapy. Or your treatment may not be working well enough and you may need different medicines. Or you may have side effects that are bothering you, or lab tests that show signs of ill effects from the HIV drugs (this is called drug toxicity).
Before changing medicines, you and your provider should talk about:
- All the HIV drugs you have taken before and the ones you haven't taken
- Any drug resistance your HIV virus may have
- Possible side effects of the new medicines
- How well you will be able to follow the new drug treatment plan
Always be sure to talk with your provider about any changes in your drug treatment.