|FUZEON DRUG QUESTIONS
May 14, 2003
There was a new drug passed by the FDA called FUZEON. I was recently infected with hiv and im going to talk to him about FUZEON. What exactly does this drug do and how many years can it add to my life combined with other antviral medications.
Response from Dr. Young
The medication is an important new addition to our HIV treatments, but it is likely only to be useful to persons who have the ability to combine it with at least a couple of fully potent antiretrovirals. As such, it might provide an important component of second- or third- or even fourth-line treatments, but it will not add too much (because of resistance) for those without additional treatment options.
How many years it will add? This is very difficult to answer, as you can see from the previous comments. Nevertheless, if we view enfuvirtide as part of a trend for newer medications, particularly ones that are effective against drug resistant virus, it will be an important part of future treatment strategies. -BY
Long term prognosis
treating acute infection
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