|Is it ok to switch to Tivicay?
Oct 11, 2013
Hello, I have been poz for 6 years and take Isentress plus Truvada. It has worked very well and I feel fortunate. But with the newly approved Tivicay I am wondering if I can safely switch to once a day Tivicay plus Truvada? The only other drugs I take are Simvastatin for high cholesterol and Bystolic for high blood pressure. Is it ok to switch to Tivicay plus Truvade or should I hold off in case I become resistant to Isentress in the future? I take my meds faithfully. Thank you for your help.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
Assuming that your viral load is suppressed, there shouldn't be any significant reason why you couldn't switch from the twice-daily integrase inhibitor Isentress to the once-daily Tivicay. Understanding that the decision to switch treatments should always be done thoughtfully and with appropriate monitoring after the change.
I definitely wouldn't suggest waiting for treatment failure first, rather, if the once-daily dosing offers benefits (like adherence improvements), this is something to take advantage of today.
Hope that helps and let us know how things work out for you- many readers will be interested.
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