Aug 14, 2002
I was on crixivan as my first regiment but was taken off because of side effects, I threw up all the time got diabetes and fat deposits. I am now on sustiva viread and epivir and have been undetectable for over three years . My new HIV doctor said my regiment was weak . She feels I may need to add a protease inhibitor. I do not wish to do this. Two questions are all protease inhibitors the same and is there another drug to add. Thanks!
| Response from Dr. Henry
Your current regimen would not be considered weak unless you add preexisting resistance and perhaps a very high viral load and/or low CD4 count. A recent study presented in Barcelona using that regimen found very good results overall at 48 weeks. I sometimes will use a protease inhibitor of the first 3-6 months while the viral load drops to undetectable and then stop it while continuing at least three drugs (often simple drugs like you are on). There are many options for a PI when used in that manner (Viracept, Kaletra, numerous boosted PIs, and soon atazanavir). KH
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