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Do I Need To Take Kivexa

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An Overview of Epzicom (Abacavir/3TC, Kivexa)

a-BAK-a-veer, la-MI-vyoo-deen Brand Name: Epzicom Other Name(s): ABC/3TC, Abacavir sulfate/Lamivudine Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors WARNING: Epzicom 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, an anti-HIV medicine included in Epzicom, may have a serious allergic...
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kivexa + kaletra

Hi !I started taking kivexa instead of combivir 3 weeks ago. I feel like I am getting a rush on my hands and legs, but only when I scratch myself. Could it be because of the medication is too strong for my body and I need some time to adjust or am I...
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
It is possible you could be having a reaction to the kivexa (particularly the abacavir in that product). I suggest you contact your doctor and let him know what is going on.... Read more »

Kivexa ans Sustiva

Hi,My husband starts a treatment 2 weeks ago with sustiva and Kivexa.He did not take any meds during seven years.Now, he has a 40.000 viral load ans 284 CD4.The problem is he is very very depressed. he told me he thinks he does not want to live...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Mental health changes soon after starting Sustiva/Kivexa often would be due to the central nervous side effects of efavirenz (Sustiva). He needs to discuss with his HIV provider as soon as possible. The mood side effects of efavirenz are worst in... 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 »

Combivir change to Kivexa (Epzicom)

Hi. I took Combivir together with Sustiva for 3 1/2 years, virus load undetectable almost immediatly CD4 always around 250, but the last year around 700. I do a lot of sports (triathlon), and noticed that during a big effort (biking), my muscles...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. There is evidence that AZT has more long-term mitochondrial toxicity than the abacavir (Ziagen) which is in Kivexa (Epzicom). Since mitochondria are the energy producing units of the cell, it makes sense to switch in a... 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 »

Need some help/ info abt Hepatitis B Anti Body

Posted by bstnguy25, 2 Replies
Hi everyone,

I sort of need it a help with regards my recent hepatitis B lab test.
I have been poz since 2006, in Dec 2010 i started my antiviral treatment. I am currently taking stocrin and kivexa. Since then, my viral load has been undetectable and... Read more »

Elevated liver enzymes.

Posted by Mark100, 1 Reply
Hey guys I just have a question regarding elevated liver enzymes. I contracted hiv in early December of last year and ever since my liver enzymes have been elevated. I don't drink except the occasional drink on the weekends, I don't smoke or do... Read more »

About to start treatment!

Posted by hivstudent, 1 Reply
I have been positive for 2 years now, and my counts are a bit less than 400 Doctor has decided to put me on meds. And recommended that I take Kivexa and Insentress! I have tried googling but I could not find much info on this cocktail! I would... Read more »