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Aug 4, 2012

I am on Medication for two Days now, and am not to sure how to take them correctly. I am in South Africa , have to take PURBAC DS, STOCRIN 600mg(Pharmasist gave me ADCO-EFAVIRENZ), 3TC(generic:ASPEN LAMIVUDINE)1 Tablet two times a day , and ASPEN TENOFOVIR (VIREAD 300mg). Must I take them all together at once at the same time ? My Time I have chosen is 20h00 after Dinner, but the Leaflet of STOCRIN ( ADCO EFAVIRENZE) recommends evening without Meal, can I take those 2 Hours or so after I take the other Medication after Meal ? Do I have to keep the same Times always ? Sorry but I am new to this and totally devastated.....THANKS for a Rely !! Regards Wolfgang

Response from Dr. Young

Hello Wolfgang and thanks for posting from South Africa.

You could take all of your HIV medications (tenofovir, lamivudine and efavirenz) and the TMP/SMX (Purbac, Bactrim) at the same time, around bed time. Lamivudine is approved to be taken as a once-daily medication (though was once commonly dosed twice daily).

The timing is less critical; I usually tell my patients to aim for a roughly 4 hour time window.

Be well, BY

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