Can PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) Drugs Damage The Kidneys?

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I want to ask whether pep medicine can damage the kidneys if only used for a month? Is pep safe for the kidneys?

1 Answer:

Hello Alit, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.


HIV PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxsis) drugs are drugs that are used to reduce a person's risk of being infected with HIV after exposure to the virus through exposure to high-risk transmission (for example, needle sticks that have been used by people with HIV) and these drugs are recommended for consumed for 1 month.


The drug used in PEP therapy is the same antiretroviral drug that is used by HIV sufferers but its use is only in the short term, not for life as HIV sufferers.


Some antiretroviral drugs, including drugs used for PEP can indeed cause side effects in the form of kidney damage, but only if these drugs are used in the long term, exceeding 1 month so that if only used in 1 month generally do not cause interference with the kidneys.


It should also be understood that the effects caused by HIV infection are worse than the side effects caused by antiretroviral drugs used in PEP, so it is more advisable to take these drugs than allowing yourself to be infected with HIV and having to take these drugs for life.


I hope this helps.

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