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Kivexa Dosing

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Epzicom/Kivexa (Abacavir + Lamivudine)

What Is Epzicom? Epzicom is a pill that contains two drugs used to fight HIV: abacavir (Ziagen) and Epivir (lamivudine, 3TC). Epzicom is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Outside the US, it is called Kivexa. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). The drugs in Epzicom are called nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or nukes. These drugs block the reverse transcriptase enzyme. This enzyme...
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Kivexa in the morning and Stocrin at night?

Hi Dr. Young, I'm with Kivexa and Stocrin (one pill of each per day) and I wonder if I could take one of Kivexa in the morning and the other one (Stocrin) at night before going to bed. Some of my friends take both at the same time, but I think...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.While yes, you could separate the doses of your Kivexa (Epzicom) and Stocrin (Sustiva), there's really no reason to do so. If your otherwise healthy and you have appropriate monitoring, this regimen rarely causes... Read more »

KivexaStocrin and ViagraCialis

Hello, I recently (2 weeks ago) started my first regimen KivexaStocrin and I'd like to know can I use Viagra or Cialis with this combo? No other health issues... Which one is better - Viagra or Cialis? I actually don't mind, both were very...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Efavirenz (Sustiva or Stocrine) can decrease levels of phosphodiesterase inhibitors such as Viagra or Cialis so sometimes dose needs to be increased to achieve effectiveness. There is little data available in order to recommend one drug over the... Read more »

I am taking Sustiva and Kivexa, can I take Levitra?

Dear Doctor, I am hiv positive and I am taking Kivexa and Sustiva as a treatment.Can I take Levitra to maintain my erection?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Drugs like Viagra or Levitra can usually be taken with caution in patients on protease inhibitors. The levels of Levitra (and all drugs on the class) can be significantly increased when taking protease inhibitors so doses need to be decreased and... Read more »

Kivexa side effects may occur at the first pill?

Hi Dr. Young, it is possible to have side effects at the first pill of Kivexa? I just took one pill because is the first day when I switch from Combivir to Kivexa and just in a few hours after this I have some very mild muscle soreness but only at...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Of course, it's possible to have side effects from one dose, but your symptoms do not sound like the allergic reaction associated with abacavir- this would be exceptionally unusual given your negative HLA B5701... Read more »
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Reyataz,Norvir, Kivexa [abacavir/3TC, Epzicom].

Posted by Mondo
Is there anyone here at the forum taking the following cocktail?
I'm taking Reyataz[atazanavir], Norvir [ritonavir] and Kivexa [abacavir/3TC, Epzicom]. I would be interested to know how you are going with it and any problems or side effects that you... Read more »

HALF DOSING MY MEDS

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello All !! I want to tell everyone that I started taking half of the prescribed doses of my meds about 2 years ago. My T cells remain High (570) and my V load is still undetectable..
I am on viramune,ziagen and zerit. I had an uncle who died... Read more »

dosing schedule adjustment

Posted by pozartistsd, 1 Reply
hey all you experts out there! I think i may know the answer to this but would like to get some input:

I currently take my meds (Reyataz/Truvada/Norvir) once a day. I take them at 9am (with breakfast, not that you need to know that ) I would like... Read more »

Skipping Doses

Posted by chrisnxs, 2 Replies
Hello Everyone, can someone please elaborate on the severity of skipping meds? My bf is positive and has been on meds for about a year. He's on my insurance and it kills the price down to a point where he can get his meds pretty easily. I discovered... Read more »