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Alternative To Abacavir

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Brand name: Epzicom Generic name: abacavir sulfate (abacavir)/lamivudine, or ABC/3TC Class: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor Manufacturer: ViiV Healthcare, , (877) 844-8872 AWP: $1,169.26/month Standard Dose: One tablet (600 mg abacavir/300 mg lamivudine), once a day, with or without food, with no dietary restrictions. Take missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is closer to the time of your...
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Abacavir - Coronary Disease

Is there there any connection between Abacavir and Coronary disease? And if so what advice is the manufacturer currently offering?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Recent data from the DAD study noted an increased risk for a heart attack in patients that were taking abacavir within the preceding 6 months. The overall risk for a heart attack was small and concentrated among persons at high risk for a heart... Read more »

Abacavir + 3TC

I heard there is going to be an abacavir+3TC pill (all in one) What's the benefits to this and when is this coming?...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Glaxo SmithKline is planning on marketing a combined formulation of abacavir and 3TC. The idea here is for these two drugs to become an alternative to the popular Combivir (AZT+3TC). Currently, abacavir is available alone (Ziagen) or as part of... Read more »

what to substitute for abacavir?

Aetna isn't covering Abacavir any longer, what's a suitable alternative?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.I've not heard of this before- according to the most current<a href="" target=_new>AETNA </a> website,... Read more »

Muscle twitching/Abacavir

I am having severe muscle twitching and shakiness which I believe is from abacavir. I recently went from Sustiva/Epzicom to Kaletra/Ziagen/Viread, and these affects have been throughout. Has anyone else seen this side affect? I particularly notice...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
It seems somewhat unlikely to be due to abacavir since that is an unusual effect in my experience. A simple way to find out is to see if there is an alternative med that could be substituted for a while and see if the problem resolves . Which med... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm on day 4 of my new combo Abacavir,viramune,viread, epivir and it totally sucks. I feel lousy all of the time. Is this typical when starting this combo? This is my 4th combo since diagnosis...

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AbacavirLamivudine to treat HIV infection.

Posted by jenniferdraper
AbacavirLamivudine is used to treat HIV infection. This combination medication is used with other medications. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Read more »

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 »

Abacavir - Hypersensitivity - EPZICOM

Posted by Survivor, 2 Replies
David, I read your Email and brought the PDF forward. Dr. Ben was very watchful when I initially got started and had follow up calls to me regarding any problems if in deed I was blinded on the Abacavir. Either I am on it and am fine or I am not... Read more »