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How Does Abacavir Work With Hiv

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AIDS InfoNet

Abacavir (Ziagen)

...What About Drug Resistance? Many new copies of HIV are mutations. They are slightly different from the original virus. Some mutations can keep multiplying even when you are taking an ARV. When this happens, the drug will stop working. This is called "developing resistance" to the drug. See Fact Sheet 126 for more information on resistance. Sometimes, if your virus develops resistance to one drug, it will also have resistance to other ARVs....
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Abacavir and heart problems

Hi,I've been on Sustiva (efavirenz) and Kivexa (3TC and abacavir) for 18 months. I'm doing really well (undetectable, CD4 = 600) and have no side effects of note. I'm 5'10", 175lbs,57 yrs old, exercise, have low cholesterol and no family heart...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...cardiovascular disease (often assessed by using the Framingham risk calculator equation) the potential increased relative risk from using abacavir versus tenofovir is quite small and of borderline clinical significance so often no need to switch... Read more »

which medication work best with KIVEXA

I am HIV+ for 20 years on KIVEXA and reyataza right now. I wanted to change reyataz because of the side effect(yellow skin and red eye). I am alergic to viramune. So 1.what other best option i have with KIVEXA? 2. which type of medication has...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...for your post.There's really no restriction on medications that could be used with Kivexa (we call it Epzicom here in the US; abacavir/3TC), since there aren't any significant drug-drug interactions.Abacavir/3TC has been extensively studied with... Read more »

abacavir and heart attacks

I have been taking abacavir (ziagen) and combivir since I became HIV + (almost 11 years ago) and sometimes I get little chest pains. Just today, I read about the possible link between heart attacks and abacavir, should I ask my doctor to get me off...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. You should also discuss the chest pain with your doctor since a cardiac evaluation may be necessary. In the DAD study published in the Lancet, the use of Ziagen was linked to a greater risk of heart attacks. More... Read more »

"incapcitating fatigue with Abacavir."

Dr Bob,Thanks for all your hard work, patience and above all compassion.I am a 42 y/o WM with a very healthy lifestyle that has had an undetectable VL and high T count within 3 months of starting my first meds (Epzicom and Kaltera). However, after...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hey ATX Googler,Abacavir can be associated with a number of potential side effects, including the hypersensitivity reaction, fatigue, headache, abdominal Read more »
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AIDSinfo

An Overview of Trizivir (AZT/3TC/Abacavir)

...shown that Trizivir should be used in combination with other anti-HIV drugs. Studies are now being done to see which other drugs work best with Trizivir.Trizivir does not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS and does not reduce the risk of... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Epzicom/Kivexa (Abacavir + Lamivudine)

...the original virus. Some mutations can keep multiplying even when you are taking an ARV. When this happens, the drug will stop working. This is called "developing resistance" to the drug. See Fact Sheet 126 for more information on resistance.... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Trizivir (Zidovudine + Lamivudine + Abacavir)

...the original virus. Some mutations can keep multiplying even when you are taking an ARV. When this happens, the drug will stop working. This is called "developing resistance" to the drug. See Fact Sheet 126 for more information on resistance.... Read more »
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Tenofovir/Emtricitabine Performs Better Than Abacavir/Lamivudine in Subgroup of Antiretroviral-Naive, HIV-Infected Individuals

...emtricitabine. Now, the first published results of a study known as A5202 indicate that the tenofovir + emtricitabine combination works better in a subgroup of treatment-naive individuals. The AIDS Clinical Trials Group conducted this study with... Read more »
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HIV+ and working in academia

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...I'm looking to connect with anyone who has experience as an HIV+ person working on faculty, as a researcher or graduate student in academia. I'm a PhD student in an extremely competitive program at a major Read more »

working with hiv positive person

Posted by work35, 1 Reply
...Hello.. I hope this is not an ignorant question but here goes.. two part question.. Part one.. I just found out my co-worker is hiv positive.. he is healthy thank god.. and i really like him but I admit I am VERY uncomfortable at work.. we both... Read more »