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Abacavir Brand Name

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An Overview of Ziagen (Abacavir)

a-BAK-a-veer Brand Name: Ziagen Other Name(s): ABC, abacavir sulfate Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Abacavir can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include allergic reactions, lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood), and liver problems. People who take abacavir may have a serious allergic reaction (hypersensitivity...
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Generic vs. brand name causes rebound?

My son was diagnosed with HIV at age 1. He developed a resistance to one drug in his cocktail in the first year, and it was believed that his birth mother passed on a strain that was resistant to it. He's now 6 and has been on the same cocktail...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.There's no particular reason to think that the switch from branded Ziagen to generic abacavir should be responsible for your son's increased viral load.The first thing that should happen is an assessment for... Read more »

generics or just brand names.

Hi Dr. Young,I applaud you for all the great answers you provide to this site. We are all soooo grateful! Keep doing the great work!I am new to the process, and was writing to inquire whether or not generics are sold that are more affordable in...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
In the US, there are no generic forms of HIV medications. In some countries, generic HIV medications are available, manufactured in the foreign location. BY... Read more »

Brand name to Generic

right now I am taking Prezista, Norvir and Truvada. I will be moving to a developing country for a year and my HIV regimen might change to generic meds. Should I be concerned? Will the generic meds benefit me like how the branded meds has. And...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.In most parts of the world, generic HIV medications are made to very high quality, indeed, in many places, their manufacture is overseen by the US FDA.So long as your virus load remains undetectable (and you don't... Read more »

Dubai Distressed Dude (DDD) , with a brand-new anxiety!!!

Hiya Dr.Bob-kins,Well, have donated twice, and will do so again ( even if you don't answer this one....)Your cause is cause enough, and I hope to regulary set aside some money for your worthy, worthy, crusade of kindness.Okay, down to the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey 3D,Welcome back to the forum. Your fears are once again unwarranted! HIV does not survive very long outside the body. Add to this the very unlikely chance that your favorite rub-and-tug gal would use a spunked-up cloth to clean up your happy... Read more »
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Aetna & Ziagen aka Abacavir

Posted by wtxgringo, 1 Reply
So now Aetna has switched over to a generic form of Abacavir from the brand name Ziagen and while I've been getting the Rx for over 6 years from Aetna RX Home Delivery, this months refill was cancelled with the note that Abacavir is now a... Read more »

Put your name in Russian

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Hiya - Brand-new to

Posted by Flouctuck, 1 Reply
Good day Every body,
Recently found this community forum. You can find such a lot of important information on this fabulous site, I am a bit of overwhelmed. My own aim or what exactly I'm trying to get out of this forum is to understand in addition... Read more »

Brand new to this - with questions!

Posted by dj1979, 3 Replies
It was just confirmed about a week ago that I am HIV positive. I have an appointment with a doctor Wed. evening. Haven't had any testing (viral load, etc.) done yet. What should I expect? Tell me again at what levels treatment is usually begun. ... Read more »