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Hiv Treatment
Aug 5, 2006

My medical provider has my on atazanavir, combivir, and lamivudine. I am concerned because my provider has a questionable bedside manner and he only treats the disease not the person; I am going to be changing providers but in the mean time why put me on lamivudine when combivir has lamivudine in it?? I would like to know because when I ask him, his reply does not give me any comfort. There are other things going on that have me concerned but for now I would appreciate a response to this question

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

You should be concerned. Since lamivudine (or 3TC) is in Combivir, there's no reason why you should be on both Combivir and 3TC (Epivir). Indeed, it's a rather atypical regimen, with atazanavir (Reyataz) dosed once-daily and the Combivir dosed twice.

If you cannot communicate this adequately to your doctor (especially given that this prescription is wrong), I too would be thinking about a new doctor.

Perhaps he meant to put you on something else, but I'd press the point--.

Best of luck, BY

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