Feb 17, 2005
My doctor is recommending I consider starting treatment.
Two drugs he is recommending are combivir and sustiva. What is the success rate for these drugs and what are the side effects.
| Response from Dr. Henry
In the absence of any baseline resistance and in a patient who rarely misses a dose, the rate of suppressing to undetectable for Sustiva/Combivir is good (? from 60-nearly 90% depending on study and population). Major side effects are stomach ache, nausea, fatigue (AZT) and bad dreams/difficulty sleeping (Sustiva). Often those side effects will diminish over the first 4 weeks on therapy. KH
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