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Adding Viracept to Combivir/Sustiva ??

Sep 20, 2003

Hi, I started treatment lasy year with CD4=260, VL=6900. My initial therapy was Zerit/Videx EC/Sustiva. This worked great, VL=<50 and CD4 climbed to 350. In the 4th month I developed neuropathy and had to stop treatment. 4 weeks later, my doctor switched me to Combivir/Sustiva. At 3 months on this therapy, my VL=500 and CD4=375. At 6 months, VL=275, CD4=375. My doctor wants to add Viracept to the Combivir/Sustiva. Is this a good move ? I'm worried about potential side effects of being on 4 medications at once. Would it be a bad idea to give the Combivir/Sustiva alone another 3 months to check the VL? or should I not "mess around".. Thanks for any ideas. I guess I just need a second opinion here.

Response from Dr. Pierone

In this situation you have other reasonable options. First is to simply stay on your current regimen and if viral load goes up have a genotype resistance test done and adjust therapy based on the result. Another option is to intensify with tenofovir (Viread) instead of Viracept. This is one pill a day instead of 10 a day and has fewer side effects.

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