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How Long Does Epzicom Take To Work

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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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Long term side effects of Epzicom

Please help me with any knowledge you have so far on the long term side effects of Epzicom. I was on Combivir and Viramune from the beginning of year 2003 to 2006. I tolerated the drugs well, except for that I had constantly a light anemia, which...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
The symptoms of depression and the pain in your legs that you are describing is not something I have observed with Epzicom in my clinical practice and is not something that has been mentioned as a consistent issue in people who have taken Epzicom.... Read more »

Epzicom and heart troubles

Hi Dr. Henry. I am a 33 year old guy, been on Epzicom, Reyataz and Norvir for 5 years now. They work great for me, no side effects and have had undetectable viral load since I started this regime. I eat healthy, work out daily. I feel great....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There has been some data (mainly from DAD Study) linking use of abacavir (in Epzicom) with an increased rate of heart attacks mostly in persons at high risk for heart disease. Overall risk remains low but of a concern particularly in persons at... Read more »

Sustiva Epzicom high fat meals and dosage times

I have been on Sustiva and Epzicom once a day for 3 months now. The first 2 weeks were horrible but my body has adjusted to these meds and I do not mind the side effects now and take them with high fat meals. Since i do this and am getting higher...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I kind of agree with the point you are making. If you are not bothered at present by any major side effects then the concern about high levels of Sustiva due to high fat meals may not be an issue for you (and may provide some more anti-viral... Read more »

Sustiva Epzicom High Fat Meals

I've been taking Sustiva and Epzicom once daily for almost 3 months now. I don't mind the side effects. I have been eating high fat meals about 30 minutes after taking them and I notice the side effects do increase quite a bit from times...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I don't see any problem at all with what you are doing. You are on a regimen that is 2 pills once a day. The MOST important thing is to take them consistently. If the best time for you happens to be 30 minutes before a big meal and this is... Read more »
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Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada/Epzicom...morning or night?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I'm starting in a study, and I just got my meds today. I'll be on Reyataz boosted with Norvir, and either Epzicom or Truvada (I won't know which).

Does anyone know if there are any advantages to taking these meds in the morning as opposed to the... Read more »

How long should I wait for testing to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
My girlfriend watched a video in school saying that it could take ten years, while testing every five months, to determine if you have AID's. Is there any truth to that? Read more »

RE:how long meds work

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi pals. I was wondering if anyone on the regimen: Viracept+Combivir has any idea how good this regimen is. I want to know what's the average period of time some of you have been on these meds for. I've been taking them for about 7 months and on... Read more »

How long does it take for meds to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
After one month on HAAART my loved ones counts are, in comparison to 100000 viral load and cd of under 20, the viral load is now 325 and cd4 is 35. I've heard it takes 3-6 months to get the viral load undetectable and longer to get the cd4 back over... Read more »