what to substitute for abacavir?
Jul 6, 2012
Aetna isn't covering Abacavir any longer, what's a suitable alternative?
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
I've not heard of this before- according to the most current AETNA website, abacavir (Ziagen) is a preferred medication. I'd double check the coverage, and if not available, also consider contacting the Viiv Healthcare patient assistance program.
Nonetheless, if one was forced to switch from abacavir, a typical strategy would be to substitute another NRTI, such as tenofovir (Viread). Such switches should be done with a mindful view of past resistance issues and toxicity/side effect profiles.
I hope that's helpful, BY
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Is Vomiting A Symptom Of HIV?
- Swollen Lymph Glands Could I Have Acute HIV Infection
- Ear Infection After Oral Sex With No Protection Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Fever After Receptive Anal Sex With Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Itchy Rash After Anal Sex Bottom Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Pain In Urethra After Performing Oral Sex Worried I Have
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.