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Non-ARV drugs

Some people may benefit from non-HIV drugs that are still active against HIV.

Many of these drugs are approved for other uses and can be prescribed on a named patient basis.

PEG Interferon (Interferon alpha): A once-weekly injectable hepatitis C drug. Anti-HIV activity (and side effects) increase with the dose used (as with regular interferon alpha).

Gm-CSF: A drug used to boost your immune system, reduced the risk of new illnesses in people with a CD4 count less than 50 cells/mm3.

foscarnet:  A CMV drug with anti-HIV activity that may resensitise AZT-resistant virus. This has been used annecdotally for short periods (2-4 weeks) to reduce viral load before starting a new regimen. Foscarnet is too toxic for long-term use.

Last updated: 1 January 2018.