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from india
Oct 4, 2004

Hi

doctor kurtyka i needed to ask you a very important question!I am a expert on aidsmeds.com and planning to give advice on treatment issues and before i comment on fuzeon i need to be sure,i needed to ask you when does one recommend fuzeon?what should be the cd4 count?does it have a side effect and is it easily avialable!

thankyou

ravi

Response from Mr. Kurtyka

Ravi,

Most HIV specialists use Fuzeon when the availability of active drugs starts to diminish, typically when there are only 2 or 3 left. The clinical research studies that were done with Fuzeon indicate that the best results occur when an optimized background is used with Fuzeon (meaning at least 2 other active drugs). The CD4 count isn't usually a critical guide in determining when to use Fuzeon.

Like any drug, Fuzeon has a list of potential side effects. The most common is an injection site reaction.

Fuzeon is readily available in the United States but access can sometimes be a challenge based on insurance coverage and/or access to the drug on ADAP. The manufacturer has a patient assistance program to help patients get access tothe medication when there are difficulties. I honestly can't tell you what access to Fuzeon is like in India.

Check out www.fuzeon.com for a great deal of information related to Fuzeon.

--dk



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