How to create your drugs chart

My drugs chart shows you key information about different anti-HIV drugs. You might want to use this tool if you’re thinking about starting treatment or if you’re already on treatment.

It’s easy to use! Just select the drugs you’re interested in knowing more about.

Having the right information at your fingertips can help you work with your healthcare team to:

  • choose the anti-HIV drugs most suitable for you
  • take your anti-HIV drugs at the right time and in the right way
  • be aware of possible side-effects and manage them
  • understand the risk of interactions with other drugs, including over-the-counter, herbal and recreational drugs.

You can use My drugs chart in consultations with your doctor, or as a handy reference tool.

The information in this chart is based on the situation for most people taking a particular drug. Based on your individual circumstances, your doctor or hospital pharmacist may give you different advice. If you have any questions or are concerned about anything, do contact your HIV clinic.

Step by step

1. Select the drug(s) you want to know more about.

All the anti-HIV drugs currently licensed for use in Europe are included in My drugs chart.

You can see every drug by selecting All in the drop-down menu, or you can narrow your choice by class of drug.

Every drug is listed by each of its names to help you find the drugs you're interested in. So you will see the same drug appear more than once.

Simply select a drug and drag it down into bar marked Drop pill here. Then choose another. As you drag a new drug down, space for more selections will appear.

Once you’ve chosen some drugs, information about them will appear on the page.

You’ll see little ‘i’ icons in various places. Click on these to see explanations of terms used in the chart.

2. Add details of your dosage.

In the 'your dosage' section of the chart, you can also enter the number of pills taken at each dose and the time it should be taken. Below it, In the 'dosage notes' section, you can type in extra information, for example about food restrictions.

3. Print or save a PDF of your drug chart.

Click on Print or save as PDF. A new screen will open and you can now print this out or save it on your computer. If you are able to print onto A3 paper, this gives the best results.

4. Use the chart as a handy reference tool.

You might find the chart useful to remind you about when you need to take your anti-HIV drugs, or how many of each pill to take, or about any food or drink restrictions or tips on taking them. You can also use it to check on the side-effects that some, but not all, people get with the drug, or to see if a symptom you have might be a side-effect of your HIV treatment. There’s also information on key drug interactions, which you might find useful if you need to take other medication at any time.

The chart could be useful if you are starting or changing treatment, and want to compare the different drugs that you could take.

5. Talk to your healthcare team about your treatment

You can take the chart to a consultation with your HIV doctor or another member of your HIV healthcare team, if you have any questions about your treatment. You might also find it useful to show your GP, pharmacist or any other healthcare worker who needs to know about the HIV treatment you’re on.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.