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Getting A Prescription For PIs

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The Well Project

Pharmacokinetics required. Doctors are aware of these interactions and will make sure you get the right doses. That's why it is important to let your doctor know about all the medications and supplements you are taking (including herbs, prescriptions, over-the-counter, and street drugs). Do Men and Women Process Drugs Differently? There are some PK differences in men and women. At the same doses, some women have higher levels of certain drugs in...
Ask the Experts

Kaletra v Reyataz + RVR

If you have private coverage, I thought all PIs were generally tiered the same and thus have tier 2 copays (1 would be generic and 3 would be not covered or % copay). Is it common for an insurer to punish the patient for their doctor perscribing...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...are the only ones recommended in current treatment guidelines. Lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) is a combination pill, hence one prescription (and copayment); other boosted PIs require a separate prescription for the ritonavir (Norvir). Current US... Read more »

PI Sparing

I just tested positive for HIV. My bloodwork showed a CD4 count of 183 and a viral load of 18,000. My physician (the only one in my area with any experience with HIV treatment) immediately began to prescribe a protease inhibitor with two nukes. ...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine concerned about his lake of rigidity. In fact, it reflects that state of the art. Starting with non nukes or starting with PI's are both acceptable options, both according to the guidelines and to "expert opinion" (whatever that is).... Read more »

Logical order in PI's?

In absence of previous treatments on PI's and based on the usual mutations that appear is there a "more logical order" when beginning a PI based treatment? (I'm speaking OF 908, KALETRA,REYATAZ)
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...that can ignite quite a debate among HIV experts. My own thinking on this reflects the unique ability of ritonavir boosted PIs to be not only potent but also to be able to reduce the risk of PI resistance, even in those failing regimens that... Read more »

NNTRI's and NTRI's to NTRI's and PI's

5 years ago I started on Videx,Viramune,Zerit. At one time or another I have been on Combovir,Epivir,Trizivir(allergic),Videx,Viread,Zerit,and Viramune in different combos during that 5 yrs.I recently was not able to get my meds for approx. 6 months...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
...different interpretations of the data. I suggest you ask the doctor you see next to help you understand the reasons for the prescriptions. Also, if the meds are working, you will have minimal risk of developing resistance and so will be able to... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

...damage while taking PIs. In addition, HIV-positive people may have liver damage or stress on their livers caused by: Other prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol (acetaminophen), repeated use of antibiotics, or... Read more »

An Overview of Reyataz (Atazanavir)

...should I know? Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription. It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription... Read more »

An Overview of Norvir (Ritonavir)

...or are bothersome. Drug and Food Interactions A doctor should be notified of any other medications being taken, including prescription, nonprescription (over-the-counter), or herbal medications (especially St. John's wort). Clinical Trials... Read more »

An Overview of Aptivus (Tipranavir)

...unusual tiredness. Drug and Food Interactions A doctor should be notified of any other medications being taken, including prescription, nonprescription (over-the-counter), or herbal medications. Individuals with sulfa allergies may be at a... Read more »
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"Prescription coupon".

Posted by raymondadams, 1 Reply
Text TXTCPN to 386266 to get a pharmaceutical coupon sent to you that works at CVS and Wal-mart. Read more »

Illegal Prescriptions

Posted by kim_b, 1 Reply
...Recently, my pharmacist has bben filling my prescriptions at a discounted price....this seems wonderful considering how expensive my HMO is regarding these meds. However, I never paid Read more »

OMG - Just started Sustiva

Posted by Anonymous, 21 Replies
...I took my first sustiva (once daily) pill about 6 hours ago and I'm finally concious enough to walk around. Please tell me that those side effects go away. That was Read more »

Is the triple cocktail helping to spread AIDS?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I've written what is currently the only computer application solely dedicated to the mathematical analysis of HIV. It's called HIV pathogenesis modeler, and can be downloaded at: While using the SI model in the... Read more »