First Line Atazanavir
Oct 6, 2004
I am probably quite close to starting antiretroviral treatment due to a declining CD4 %. My Doc is suggesting a regimen including Atazanavir as he feels that this is a particularly well tolerated medication. Sounds great to me. My concern is whether or not there is sufficiant data to support use of Atazanavir first line in a treatment naive patient. Does this make sense or would you still recommend a "more tried and true" regimen with Kaletra or Sustiva first line.
Response from Dr. Henry
Good questions which depends on a lot of individual factors obtained during the course of evaluation and follow-up by an HIV specialist. When I use atazanavir up front I usually boost its effectiveness with 100 mg of ritonavir. So far I more often have switched patients to an atazanvir based regimen once they have responded well to an initial regimen with one of the more standard regimens as you mention. KH
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