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PEP Combination (day 1)

Jul 4, 2010

Corrections from last post: Hi there doctors,thank you once again for providing great advice about the treatments for HIV. I am currently on PEP (day 1) which consists of Viread (Tenofovir), Epivir (Lamivudine) and Zidovudine (Retrovir). I was wondering if this combination is common prescription for PEP patients and what potential serious side effects from taking these medication. Thank you very much and hope to hear soon. Best wishes.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post and words.

This is a somewhat unusual PEP regimen-- most would utilize either a 2 NRTI regimen (like zidovudine+lamivudine or tenofovir+lamivudine), rather than a triple nuke regimen.

Generally, PEP regimens that include zidovudine (ZDV, AZT) can cause nausea, vomiting and headaches, occasionally are associated with lower red blood cell counts (anemia). Over the short term, however, there are rarely serious side effects-- should you have side effects or symptoms, be sure to bring them to the attention of your healthcare provider.

I hope this helps, BY


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