Treatment training manual

4. 4 Common side effects: feeling sick, diarrhoea and tiredness

Feeling sick (nausea), diarrhoea and tiredness used to be common general side effects of HIV drugs.  

In 2016, even these side effects are more rare.

If these side effects do occur, they usually become easier within the first few weeks.

But because nausea and tiredness can be serious symptoms of other infections, you should tell your doctor of any problems.

If your doctor thinks this is a side effect, anti-nausea and diarrhoea medications can help.

If these medications aren’t effective, ask your clinic for stronger or more effective drugs.

If this still doesn’t help you may be able to change to a different drug.

Further reading

Information about nausea from the i-Base guide to side effects and other complications.

Information about diarrhoea from the i-Base guide to side effects and other complications.

Information about tiredness from the i-Base guide to side effects and other complications.

Last updated: 1 January 2016.