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Changing Medication from Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
Sep 30, 2012

Hi,

I'm 48, fully virally suppressed since 8 weeks after starting medications 2 years ago and CD4 in the 500-600 range. The research study I've always been on since starting meds. will end next spring and I will have to absorb the full cost of my meds. I do have insurance but will not qualify for ADAP and so am considering my options.

What are your comments about switching medications to something with only one copay such as Atripla or Stibild as opposed to the 3 copays I would have with Reyataz, Norvir, and Truvada. All indicators are quite good from cholesterol, blood sugar, etc.

Thanks!

Response from Dr. McGowan

Since you have been undetectable on your current regimen, and have no evidence of prior resistance, switching to a one pill a day combination regimen is clearly an option. You should discuss the pros/cons of switching with your provider. You should review possible side effects, any current medical conditions including any mental health issues and any current medications that you are taking in addition to your HIV medications. Thanks Joe



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