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Why so many pills?
Oct 15, 2003

Hi Docs, Right to the point: I was diagnosed July 03; August 03 CD4 was 84 and VL 553,000. I just started meds a couple days ago. I'm on a regimin that involves 13 pills a day (Combivir/Ritonavir/Invirase). I HATE PILLS. So much so that I seriously don't know which is worse, taking all the pills or not taking them and dying a slow painful death. Question to you: Is there a reason why my doc would put me on such a high pill count regimin, instead of one with much fewer pills per day? THANKS in advance.

Response from Dr. Boyle

No, I can't think of one. There are multiple regimens that can be significantly fewer pills per day, some as few as 3 pills per day, which should be effective for you (unless you had some baseline resistance). I suggest you read up on simplified regimens, including some that may be given once daily, and that you discuss these with your doctor.



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