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Stopping Isentres & Truvada
Sep 12, 2009

Due to financial difficulties I must stop my HIV meds for a few months. I know there is a lag in one of the two meds and that you have to keep taking either Isentres or Truvada for a week or so due to the build up of one in the body. I believe the medication I must keep taking for another week is Truvada to decrease the chance of developing resistance to them but wanted to be sure. Please advise.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

Since the medications in Truvada and Isentress have relatively similar half-lives, there's no reason to stagger the planned discontinuation of the medications.

If you're running a week short, I'd try contacting your healthcare provider or local ASO-- there's a chance that there might be a community drug bank that could get you enough to span the gap.

Either way, be sure to communicate your situation with your doctor-- this way they'll know how to best monitor your health.

Best of luck, BY

Boston Doctor: HIV Specialist

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