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Blood Test To Measure Amounts Of Sustiva In Blood

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What Is Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)?

...that it takes much longer for resistance to develop. Can These Drugs Cure AIDS? At present, there is no known cure for HIV infection or AIDS. ARVs reduce the "viral load", the amount of HIV virus in your bloodstream. A blood test measures the viral load. People with lower viral loads stay healthier longer. Some people's viral load is so low that it is "undetectable"by the viral load test. This does not mean that all thevirus is gone...
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Increased breast size in men- Can surgery take care of that?

I plan to have the surgery but am concerned that it will return and I will need surgery again down the road? Should I take an estrogen blocker afterwards to prevent return of this horrid condition or is that unnecessary? Thanks for your time in...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...levels increase, even to levels higher than that of postmenopausal women.Note: Make sure that your doctor uses the sensitive blood test for estradiol.Medications and Products That Can Cause GynecomastiaA number of medications have been reported... Read more »

Sustiva blood test ?

Hi Dr. I have read about Sustiva Baseline blood test to check the amount of Sustiva in a persons blood. I am on Sustiva and Truvada and my AST &ALT doubles with each blood check. I have asked my Dr. about this sustiva test and she did not know...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...high. That being said, these strategies do remain experimental. There are significant issues related to the reliability of the blood tests currently available in the community and it is still not clear how to best adjust the dose for either low... Read more »

FIRST BDNA TEST

Dear Experts,I was diagnosed in February 1999. At diagnosis I had viral load of 115,000 and CD4 @ 900. I started treatment immediately with Sustiva & Combivir. My CD4's increased to 1150 and viral load lessened but only to 4000. I then switched...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...The bDNA (for branched DNA) assay measures HIV RNA or viral load. It does not measure CD4 counts. I agree that the increase in CD4 count seems abnormally high. Are you Read more »

Creatine Levels Are High

I am taking atazanavir,sustiva, viread,azt and ritonivir. I am undetectible and my cd4 is almost at 500 at 16%. I am concerned about my creatine levels. They are always red flagged and my doctor is asking me if I am taking some sort of supplement....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Creatine is not commonly measured as a blood test. Creatine kinase is sometimes included in blood panels and is increased in a wide range of conditions often involving some form Read more »
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Pharmacokinetics

...amount of drug. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM): TDM is designed to measure your drug levels specifically. Basically it measures minimum concentration (Cmin) by drawing blood before morning meds. This will help your doctor to decide if your... Read more »
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An Overview of Sustiva (Efavirenz, Stocrin)

...diarrhea, fatigue, vomiting, sleep problems, abnormal dreams, headache, dizziness, impaired concentration, and changes in certain blood tests. Individuals should tell a doctor if these side effects continue or are bothersome. Drug and Food... Read more »
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Sustiva

... Common Name: efavirenz Brand Name: Sustiva Class: non-nucleoside analogs (also called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NNRTIs or non-nukes) Standard Read more »
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The Feminization of an Epidemic

...appropriate antiretroviral regimen because of the various effects of certain ARVs on pregnant women and the fetus. Efavirenz (Sustiva), which is a component of Atripla, is especially worrisome because this drug is known to cause serious... Read more »
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Blood tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Do they automatically check for HIV in regular blood tests, or if you give blood? If they do check for hiv when you give blood, do they tell you you have it? Read more »

Drug Holiday ? Help!

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
...were the results ? The meds I take are : INDINAVIR SULF 1000 MG 3 TX DAILY, LAMIVUDINE 150MG ZIDOVUDINE 300MG 2 TX DAILY, SUSTIVA 200MG 3 CAPS AT BEDTIME, SULFAMETHOXAZOLE 800/ TRIMETH 160MG TAB 1 A DAY, ACYCLOVIR 200MG 1 A DAY,... Read more »

can you detect HIV w/ a basic blood test?

Posted by Anonymous
...can you detect HIV w/ a basic blood test like testing for ur hematology and and blood chemistry? a blood test not specifically for HIV like the ELISA test. Read more »

blood tests

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I have never been tested for HIV. But Ihave taken several other blood tests which have came out great, including a white blood cell test. Is there still a possibility that I could be positive? Read more »