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Brand name: Fuzeon Generic name: enfuvirtide, T-20, or ENF Class: Fusion inhibitor (a type of entry inhibitor) Manufacturer: Genentech, , , (877) 4-FUZEON (438-9366) AWP: $3,999.09/month for 90 mg kit Standard Dose: One subcutaneous (under the skin, like insulin) injection of 90 mg (1 mL) twice daily (every 12 hours) into the upper arm, thigh, or abdomen. Each injection should be given in a...
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Fuzeon efficacy

I read in one of your issues that after reconstituting Fuzeon it has to refrigerated within 45 minutes if not being used immediately. I asked the nurse at the clinic I attend what she thought, and she says, that is not true. She cited the fact that...
Carol Salisbury, APRN-BC, MSN

Response from Carol Salisbury, APRN-BC, MSN

Michigan State University College of Nursing
Hi, According to one of the Roche reps "Fuzeon is still good for 24 hours after it is reconstituted and out of refrigeration". Good questions. Thanks for asking.Carol... Read more »

Can Fuzeon be effective after treatment stoppage?

My brother started T-20 last Wednesday and on Monday stopped as he in addition to the rest of the family became bedridden with the flu. How effective will Fuzeon be when he resumes treatment or has the flu just blown any chance of success because...
Don Kurtyka, ARNP

Response from Don Kurtyka, ARNP

University of South Florida School of Medicine
I would not be overly concerned with the fact that your brother had to temporarily stop his Fuzeon due to illness. I assume he stopped all antiretroviral medications? You normally wouldn't want to continue one or two agents in a regimen and... Read more »

Fuzeon injection

I'm about to start taking Fuzeon shots. What about the side effects and quality of life, when taking this drug ?...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
The main side effect is injection site reactions, which occur in the majority of people wo take the drug, but are only severe in 2-3% or less of cases. Otherwise, the clinical studies showed an increased incidence of bacterial pneumonia, a finding... Read more »

Injection reaction a given fact?

Will every person injecting Fuzeon develop a site reaction? If not, what are the approximate percentage of those that do? Thanks. ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There may be a very few patients (< 5%) who have little to no injection site reactions with Fuzeon. Only a small % are severe (< 10%) such that the patient does not want to continue. Quality of life surveys have generally shown that patients... Read more »
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I'm trying not to scare anyone, but facts are fact

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
In fact I'm not trying to scare anyone, and I don't want to make a kid's game out of the Bulletin Board. I'm just trying to make everyone realize that 99,9% of people doesn't cover all individuals, when talking about tests... I'm sure that 999 of... Read more »


Posted by Monchhichi, 2 Replies
Just a question I want to get feedback on...To anyone on Fuzeon...What type of side effects are you getting and injection site reactions? Does anyone have any tips they can give on ISR's? My husband has been on Fuzeon for over a year now and any... Read more »

New Fuzeon needles

Posted by Monchhichi
Just wanting to se what everyone who is on Fuzeon thinks of the new needles that are being supplied with the kit. Do you like them better or not? I know I personally do not like them. My husbands doctor is wondering and hopefully your input will... Read more »

Question about flying with Fuzeon and needles

Posted by rickincattco, 2 Replies
I would like to hear about peoples experiences with flying with Fuzeon viles and needles. With the events of last week I am wondering if any of those experiences will get worse. I am planning a trip in the Fall and would like to be prepared... Read more »