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How Does Azt Work

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AIDS InfoNet

Lamivudine (Epivir)

...This is called "cross-resistance." Resistance can develop quickly. It is very important to take ARVs according to instructions, on schedule, and not to skip or reduce doses. Lamivudine seems to be able to reduce resistance to AZT. After people develop resistance to AZT and then take lamivudine, AZT seems to work better for them. How Is Lamivudine Taken? Lamivudine is available in tablets of 150 and 300 milligrams (mg). It is also...
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Don't think it's working

Why have I been given a PEP regiment with Combivir and Keletra doesn't combivir have AZT and wouldn't practically every virus be immune to AZT all these years later as it was the drug of choice in the dark ages. My ID Specialist said my chances...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...or not. I am a Muslim and my somewhat Islamic Christmas is coming up before my last 3 doses are up. If this stuff would have worked is there any evidence that it aborts infection after day 26? I would ask my infectious disease specialist but she... Read more »

Why should I avoid long term exposure to AZT?

Dr. Pierone, You recently answered a question form someone about switching from Trizivir to combivir. In your answer, you suggested avoiding combivir to reduce long term exposure to AZT, one of the two drugs in combivir, in favor of Epzicom or...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...Hello and thanks for posting. The main reason for choosing Ziagen or Viread ahead of AZT is because these nucleosides are generally better tolerated and more potent. In addition, Viread has been shown to be more effective Read more »

Videx 100mg,kaletra,Azt 600mg daily

My feet are already a bit numb this happened during T.B. treatment 4yrs ago.My doctor is aware about my feet. I 'm resistant to crixivan and 3tc.Rash developed with viramune, my doctor suggested I stop Viramune. Taking Videx 200mg twice daily may...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...peripheral neuropathy but may still be worth using and then follow closely. I would consider still taking the 3TC (to help the AZT work). If your CD4 count is >> 250 you might consider waiting until more meds are available before initiating a... Read more »


Hi Doctor Young, Does AZT cause a nasty looking pigmenation (black to purple spots to develop on the inside of the tongue and mouth?) Does the AZT that is offered as medicine today in combination with other drugs still produce this result? AZT...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Zidovudine (ADV, AZT) can cause hyperpigmentation of nails and skin- I suppose that it could cause hyperpigmentation of the tongue, but I am not aware Read more »
Women Alive

AZT: A Hard Pill To Swallow! Some Reasons for It, Some Against

...of HIV involves shutting down the replication of the virus within infected cells. This was the idea behind the development of AZT and other antiretrovirals for use against HIV/AIDS. AZT, like most nucleoside analogs, is inherently immune... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT)

...have been approved. Several are available under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). Zidovudine is also known as azidodeoxythymidine, AZT or ZDV. Zidovudine was the first drug approved for the treatment of HIV. It is a nucleoside analog reverse... Read more »
Project Inform

Blood Work: A Complete Guide for Monitoring HIV due to an iron deficiency or chronic disease. MCV is generally higher than normal in people taking Retrovir (zidovudine, AZT) or in people with vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiencies. Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH) and Mean Corpuscular... Read more »
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Poster Session 42169: Antiviral Effect of AZT versus D4T in Combination with 3TC and Indinavir in the Context of a Population-Based Study

...In addition to this study's 'top-line' finding -- that d4T/3TC/indinavir is as effective as AZT/3TC/indinavir at reducing viral load -- the data presented in this study are significant for two further reasons. First, Dr. Read more »
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AIDS related motor deficits.

Posted by bnthecliff
...and I was able to rehabilitate myself over the years since. (My insurance would not pay for rehab at that time). I have not worked since 95 but had gotten much better through the years and bought houses, remodeled them and sold for a profit for... Read more »


Posted by Master75038, 2 Replies
I am a masculine AA man + in a relationship with someone who is not. Are there other "mixed" couples out there. How are you doing? What are your struggles? What are your triumphs? How do you socialize...(prefer masculine or heterosexual responses) Read more »

26 years AIDS survior

Posted by AaronK, 3 Replies
...birth in 1983 and it wasn't a law. The first thing i remember was the medication and what they all did to me. First was the AZT, like Ny-QUil but clear with a pinch of yellow, i had to take three times a day. Everyday before i went to school, ate... Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...confidential testing, the results are kept in a medical file. TREATMENT: There is no cure for HIV/AIDS. However several drugs such as AZT work to slow the progression of HIV infection. People who are HIV positive often help strengthen their... Read more »