Safety implications of combined antiretroviral and anti-tuberculosis drugs


Introduction: Antiretroviral and anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs are often co-administered in people living with HIV (PLWH). Early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) during TB treatment improves survival in patients with advanced HIV disease. However, safety concerns related to clinically significant changes in drug exposure resulting from drug-drug interactions, development of overlapping toxicities and specific challenges related to co-administration during pregnancy represent barriers to successful combined treatment for HIV and TB.Areas covered: Pharmacokinetic interactions of different classes of ART when combined with anti-TB drugs used for sensitive-, drug-resistant (DR) and latent TB are discussed. Overlapping drug toxicities, implications of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS), safety in pregnancy and research gaps are also explored.Expert opinion: New antiretroviral and anti-tuberculosis drugs have been recently introduced and international guidelines updated. A number of effective molecules and clinical data are now available to build treatment regimens for PLWH with latent or active TB. Adopting a systematic approach that also takes into account the need for individualized variations based on the available evidence is the key to successfully integrate ART and TB treatment and improve treatment outcomes.

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Volume 19
Issue number 1
Pages 23-41
Available online
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