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Adverse Hepatic Effects Associated with Administration of Antiretroviral Drugs (Nevirapine, Lamivudine and Stavudine) to Albino Rats: Implication for Management of Patients with HIV/AIDS

R.A. Umar, S.W. Hassan, M.J. Ladan, I.K. Matazu, B. Shehu, R.A. Shehu, L.G. Muhammed and F.I. Molabo

Asian Journal of Biochemistry, 2008, 3(1), 19-25.


We studied the effects of acute and sub-chronic oral administration of nevirapine, lamivudine and stavudine on liver function in albino rats. Acute administration of nevirapine resulted in significant (p<0.05) increases in activities of Aspartate amino transferase (AST) and Alanine amino transferase (ALT). Total proteins, albumin and globulin were significantly lowered. Upon sub-chronic administration of nevirapine, only AST and ALT activities were significantly raised. Acute administration of lamivudine was associated with significantly (p<0.05) lower albumin and globulin and higher total bilirubin and conjugated bilirubin levels. There were no significant differences (p>0.05) in liver function profiles associated with sub-chronic administration of the drug. However, acute and sub-chronic administrations of stavudine were not associated with significant (p>0.05) changes in liver function profiles. We conclude that while the use of stavudine is safe, acute and sub-chronic oral administration of nevirapine and lamivudine are associated with hepatotoxicity and hepatoprotective agents should be incorporated in the treatment regimens employing these drugs to avert life-threatening complications.

ASCI-ID: 16-29

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