Oct 1, 2006
1. What is top of the line HAART fomulation in the US today for new case. 2. Will there be any tangible benefits of replacing stavudine with Kelatra ? I am on: Nevirapine 200 mg x 2 Stavudine 40 mg x 2 Epivir 150 x 2 Didanosin 200 mg x 2
Didanosin was added later ostensibly as anti-TB device. I have been warned by another board certified infectious diseases specialist that stavudine combined with Didanosin will eventually pack up the pancreas.
Response from Dr. Wohl
US givernment guidelines recommend starting with either Kaletra plus two nucleosides (such as AZT + 3TC) or efavrienz and two nucleosides (such as AZT + 3TC or tenofovir + FTC). Other guidelines are a bit less specific about the individual drugs and recommend drugs in the same classes as Kaletra and efavirenz.
In your case, I would not switch from stavudine to Kaletra. There are drug interactions between Kaletra and nevirapine resulting in a need to take an additional pill of Kaletra twice a day. Also, the evidence indicates that a protease inhibitor (like Kaletra) plus a non-nucleoside (like nevirapine) when combined do not offer any benefit over that acheived when these are used alone with two nucleosides.
The question is whether you need the stavudine. You may be able to stay on just the nevirapine+didanosine+3TC (Epivir). That is a very decent combination and if you are doing well may be enough.
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