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Epzicom Prescribing Information

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Epzicom/Kivexa (Abacavir + Lamivudine)

What Is Epzicom? Epzicom is a pill that contains two drugs used to fight HIV: abacavir (Ziagen) and Epivir (lamivudine, 3TC). Epzicom is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Outside the US, it is called Kivexa. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). The drugs in Epzicom are called nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or nukes. These drugs block the reverse transcriptase enzyme. This enzyme...
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Storage of epzicom and lexapro

I store epzicom and lexapro in the refrigerator. Has the low temperature damaged either of these drugs and can I move them to a cabinet without causing harm?...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The manufacturers' prescribing information for both Epizicom and Lexapro state that the drugs should be stored at temps between 59F and 86F. So, unless you live in a very hot place, room temp should be fine.DW... Read more »

Epzicom or Truvada and side effects

Hi Doctor, thank you for your support of this site.I am considering commencing HIV treatment at this time as recommended by my doctor. My choice is either Truvada or Epzicom combined with Sustiva.From what we now know at this time, in your opinion...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Tenofovir/FTC (TRUVADA) and abacavir/lamviduine (EPZICOM, KIVEXA) are the most widely prescribed NRTI combinations in North America and Europe. Both are generally very well tolerated and effective, though there are... Read more »

Headaches; taking Prezista, Norvir and Epzicom

Hi, doctor.I am the guy who asked about lipodystrophy/atrophy. So, first, thanks for your response. :)My partner is on Prezista, Norvir and Epzicom. This is his new regimen starting early this March (March 7, I believe), prescribed by an HIV...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Boosted protease inhibitors and less often Epzicom can cause headaches when first starting-typically that will improve with time but not always. Ibuprofen is usually OK to take unless problem with stomach acid or kidney function. Would inform HIV... Read more »

Turmeric with Selzentry and Epzicom, is it a problem?

Hi Nelson, Currently HIV + and taking Selzentry 300mg twice a day along with one Epzicom once a day and doing very well on this mix of meds. Do you know if there is any issue with taking Turmeric w.black pepper extract 350mg twice a day?? Could it...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
Tumeric and black pepper are used as anti-inflammatory natural products. <a href="http://www.thebody.com/content/art47541.html?ic=2004" target=_new>Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Turmeric</a> Curcumin, the... Read more »
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New to Epzicom...Help with side-effects

Posted by Keoki, 1 Reply
Anybody out there on Intellence and Epzicom? I'm new to Epzicom. I had to stop Truvada, because of kidney function issues. I'm having a bit of a hard time adjusting to the Epzicom...nausea, lethargy, and just not "feeling right." Any information... Read more »

Much Needed Information

Posted by LadyLuck, 1 Reply
If someone is HIV positive how many medications are given? And if someone is exposed to HIV in the workplace will they be prescribed HIV meds for 10days with a refill? Read more »

Seeking information for my decision tree

Posted by FactFinder, 4 Replies
Hi, All:

I have several questions, the answers to which I can't seem to find on the internet. I am hopeful that someone in this forum might be able to point me to the appropriate resources.

By way of introduction, I am a 38 y.o. male; my wife is 32. ... Read more »

INFORMATION ABOUT ELISA TESTS

Posted by Anonymous
Jessica P. is a 32-year-old African American woman in good health. In November of 1999, she received a flu shot at her local clinic. Two weeks later, she developed fever and some upper respiratory tract complaints. She visited her primary care... Read more »