Sep 14, 2008
I am wondering if altripla and trizivir close to the same meds?
Response from Dr. Sherer
No. Although both are three drug combinations, they are NOT the same medications, and not even close.
The only components that are somewhat in common are FTC and 3TC, which are very similar in chemical structure, action, side effects, and resistance. However, there are also some differences, as FTC has a much longer half-life in the blood than 3TC.
Aripla is a preferred initial regimen for the treatment of HIV in the US HHS Guidelines. Trizivir is not recommended for use in initial treatment due to inferior virologic efficacy.
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