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An Overview of Atripla (Efavirenz/Tenofovir/FTC)

... ef-FAH-ver-enz / em-tri-SIT-uh-bean / te-NOE-fo-veer --> Brand Name: Atripla Other Name(s): Efavirenz / Emtricitabina / Tenofovir DF Drug Class: Combination Drugs Atripla includes three antiretroviral drugs: efavirenz (Sustiva), emtricitabine (Emtriva), and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir DF or Viread). Efavirenz is a type of medicine called
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Insufficient progress on tenofovir, FTC and efavirenz?

Dear Dr Young,I was diagnosed in December 2004 with a CD4 count of 56, a viral load of 86,000 and a CD4/CD8 percentage of 4.7.I started treatment (tenofovir, FTC, Efavirenz) on 19 January with a CD4 of 95, a VL of 100,000 and CD4/CD8 % of 5.5.At 23...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your questions and post.Looks like you started on a potent first line treatment with a high viral load. You've had a baseline resistance test (good!) and while not definitive proof, pretty good evidence that you did not acquire drug... Read more »

Insufficient progress on tenofovir, FTC and efavirenz? Thank you and follow up

Hi Dr. Ben,Thanks so very much for your careful answer to my question. You clearly have a wonderful cyber-bedtime manner! Can I bother you with a couple follow up details?You mention that you suppose my viral load was somewhere higher than 100,000...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Dear J-Thanks for your follow up and complements. Even a few positive words are very meaningful.Recalling your viral load response-- yes, it's not too unusual to see viral load hover just above the detectable level for some weeks after an initial... Read more »


Dr. Wohl,You talked about FTC and tenofovir being a great new once-a-day combo. How soon do you think that will become a reality and what would be your choice for a third drug in the combination?Much appreciated,Lucy
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...Dear Lucy,The company that makes tenofovir and now owns FTC, Gilead Sciences, is working hard to develop a combination pill containing both drugs.It is difficult to predict Read more »

Thank you again! (Following up "inadequate progress of Efavirenz, FTC and Tenofovir?"

Hi Ben,Just to let you know that my doctor phoned me today (on a sunday) and you were absolutely right: she had me re-test my viral load last week, and the results came in and I am undetectable! thanks so much for your kind and comforting words. You...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Dear J-Great news, no? I'm heartened to hear that you have such good communication lines with your doctor. Thanks for following up-- I'm sure that your shared experience will be of value to our readers.Cheers, BY Read more »
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Topical PrEP Comparison: Tenofovir Alone May Be as Effective as Tenofovir/FTC, Study Finds

...preparations for the next generation of PrEP research. Our study compares the effectiveness of a topical gel containing one drug, tenofovir [TDF, Viread], with another gel containing a combination of two drugs, tenofovir and FTC [emtricitabine,... Read more »
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FAQs About Truvada (Tenofovir/FTC) From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...with Sustiva (efavirenz, Stocrin)? Switching Treatment Is it better to take Sustiva (Stocrin, efavirenz) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) as two separate pills, or take Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC), which combines these two HIV meds in... Read more »

An Overview of Truvada (Tenofovir/FTC)

...te-NOE-fo-veer dye soe PROX il --> Brand Name: Truvada Other Name(s): Emtricitabina/ Fumarato de disoproxilo de tenofovir Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Truvada is a combination of two antiretroviral... Read more »
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No PK Interaction Seen Between FTC and AZT or Tenofovir

...some AZT and d4T (stavudine, Zerit) resistance mutations. In the second study by Gilead investigators, FTC was combined with tenofovir DF (TDF, Viread). Nineteen HIV-negative volunteers participated in this 21-day study. The plasma levels of... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I'm just starting treatment and my doctor who does things differently recommended tenofovir...I know it's a new drug. Has anyone any experience with it? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Suggests That HIV Med Combination May Prevent Rectal HIV Transmission in Monkeys Monkeys injected with a version of Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) appear to be completely protected from infection with HIV, according to the results of a small pilot study... Read more »

todays paper...

Posted by AIDS2HIV, 1 Reply and effective" before recommending it, said Dr. Susan Buchbinder, who leads one study in San Francisco. The drugs are tenofovir (Viread) and emtricitabine, or FTC (Emtriva), sold in combination as Truvada by Gilead Sciences Inc., a... Read more »

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Posted by garret99
...Hello everyone. I would like to know if there is anyone out there that is using stochrine,epivir and doc removed one of my meds and replaced it with the epivir. After 3 months my cd4 count went from 155 to 260 and my viral Read more »