Thursday, November 3, 2016

HIV drug mnemonics

Sometimes all you need to do is recognize part of the word.

Nuclear reverse transcriptase inhibitors

NRTI and Aba did ten vudine (voodo) tricks.
  • Abacavir
  • Didanosine
  • Tenofovir
  • Zido-, Lami-, and Stavudine
  • Emtricitabine

Non-nuclear reverse transcriptase inhibitors

No, NRTI, Neva-raping Delaware's ef-favor!
  • Nevi-rapine
  • Delavirdine
  • Efavirenz

Fusion inhibitors

Mars virus docs, 120, enfer (enter) virus 41.
  • Maraviroc - blocks GP120 and inhibits "docking" or attachment to surface receptors
  • Enfuvirtide - blocks GP41 and inhibits "entry" or viral penetration into the cell


Protease inhibitors all end in -navir ("Never tease a pro-tease.")

Integrase inhibitors all have -tegr- integrated into their names.

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