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I Have Hiv Can I Take Atazanavir

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An Overview of Reyataz (Atazanavir)

...material, a new virus particle is assembled. When atazanavir is present, however, it interferes with the HIV protease enzyme and stops the processing of viral proteins, thereby preventing more virus particles from being made. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Atazanavir was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 20, 2003, for use with other antiretroviral medication in the treatment of HIV infection. HIV can become resistant...
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Is there any info on headaches as a side effect from Reyataz and treating them?

Recently a client spoke to a BMS drug rep about the fact that he has headaches as a side effect of Reyataz. He has been on this med for at least three months now and has daily headaches, at times debilitating (like migraines) I can find no...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...relatively uncommon with atazanavir in my experience and more often have been triggered by other drugs in the regimen or non-HIV drug factors. If atazanavir appears to be clearly linked to the headache then consideration of switching to one of a... Read more »

First Line Atazanavir

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...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...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... Read more »

Started Atazanavir

Dear Expert, after a year on Stustiva/Truvada, my first line treatment I adhered perfectly but became unhappy due to the side effects of efavirenz. I am on my 5th day of Atazanavir/Noriver(boost) + Truvada. So far I feel like a new man..I have...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...There is nothing I am aware of that you can do to minimize the elevated bilirubin that often, but not always, develops on atazanavir (Reyataz) - especially when boosted with Norvir. The good news is that this elevation of bilirubin is usually... Read more »

Atazanavir & yellow eyes

I started taking 400 mg of atazanavir daily on 7/21. Since then, my eyes have already started turning yellow due to the build up of bilirubin. I notified my doctor & will have liver tests done to make sure everything is ok, but they're pretty...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
...Other than stopping the atazanavir, I'm not aware of anything that can be done to hide the yellowing of your eyes. Fortunately, your doctor is correct that it is Read more »
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Atazanavir Noninferior to Lopinavir in Treatment-Naive HIV-Infected People

...endpoint was met, and boosted atazanavir was determined to be non-inferior to boosted lopinavir. The primary endpoint was an HIV viral load less than 50 copies per mL, and that was looked at using a couple of different analyses. The principal one... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Atazanavir (Reyataz)

...Dosing for children at least 6 years old is based on their weight and prior treatment history. For more information see www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/DrugsNew/DrugDetailNT.aspx?int_id=314 . Atazanavir is available in capsules of 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg... Read more »
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Unboosted Atazanavir Better on Insulin Sensitivity Compared to Lopinavir/Ritonavir

...without ritonavir (RTV, Norvir), has less of an impact on this measurement when compared to lopinavir dosed with ritonavir. Thirty HIV-negative persons were enrolled in this study. They took either atazanavir 400 mg once a day, or three capsules... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Adding HIV Protease Inhibitors to Rifampin Leads to Adverse Effects

...protease inhibitor combination, ritonavir-boosted atazanavir, could cause hepatotoxicity and gastrointestinal intolerance in TB-HIV co-infected patients, a recent study found. The adverse events occurred when rifampin dosing preceded the PIs in a... Read more »
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Those taking, Raltegravir, Truvada & Atazanavir

Posted by sweetvanilla27, 1 Reply
...I am wanting to hear from anyone who have experienced taking Raltegravir, Truvada & Atazanavir and how you have got on with the meds? I first started taking meds in May this year I was put on Truvda and Sustiva first, and Read more »

HIV is not for sissies

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...screening so they could begin treatment early. I wrote in a letter to the editor that while the new meds allow people with HIV/AIDS to live longer, that life is by no means healthy and that avoiding HIV infection was the best course. That... Read more »

A 30 Day Miracle. CD4 goes from 160 to 500!

Posted by CLT, 3 Replies
...started Atripla (coupled with my faith in God and prayer) 30 days ago and my CD4 count went from 160 (which by right is full blown AIDS) to 500 in a matter of 30 days. I couldnt have gotten a better Christmas gift then this news that my doctor... Read more »

Cost of Meds

Posted by Doyle, 6 Replies
...Just curious as to how much Hiv meds cost. I get mine free but was curious as to where i could find a list of the meds and the price of them. Read more »