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Truvada,abacavir & Kaletra
Oct 13, 2006

Dear Dr. Henry, Thank you very much for your time. I copied and paste my ques. and your answer back in June DDI, D4T and Viracept Jun 26, 2006

First of I like to thank you very much for your time. My brother in Africa started treatment in Feb 2002 with Combivir and Sustiva, his CD4 was 117 at that time and after taking his med religiously his CD4 increased to 485 in August 2002. he discontinued his med on October of 2003 and CD4 decreased to 380 in December so he went to his Dr. and the Dr. changed his Med to DDI, D4t and Viracept. He is doing fine with this med but his face is getting skinner and skinner and darker. It bothered him so much and we are all worried about him. Please I don't know which other Med is available in the country, what is your advice he should do? Can he change his med to another med. I don't think there is a resistance test in the country. Please advice. Thanks a lot.

Response from Dr. Henry

It is not clear at this point whether he is actually resistant to nevirapine. That being said I would see if a boosted protease inhibitor regimen is available locally (such as Kaletra or ritonavir + indinavir or saquinavir) which would often be preferable to Viracept and would more likely allow your brother to switch off the d4T which may be contributing to loss of facial fat (could go back to the Combivir and also see if tenofovir is available). KH

My question now is my brother Dr. prescribed Truvada, abacavir and kaletra. Is it a good combination? And also he couldn't get the Truvada locally, they said it will be available after 4 months. Is there any other replacement for Tru.? Plese advice. He is loosing a lot of fat from his face, his CD4 is 855 and viral load 1100. Thanks for your time

Response from Dr. Henry

If your brother is now taking abacavir + tenfovir + Kaletra that should be less likely to result in fat further fat loss and likely would be an effective treatment. Generally I don't use abacavir + tenofvir at the same time though I have sometimes done that. Often I use one of those drugs and either 3TC or FTC (which in the US are combined with either abacavir or tenofovir as one pill a day nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor backbones to be used with a 3rd drug-usually a NNRTI or protease inhibitor). KH

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