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How Long Does Zerit Stay In Your Body

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AIDS InfoNet

Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

...has suggested that people with lipo should stop taking ART. What Causes Lipo? We do not know what causes lipo. There are different causes for fat loss and fat gain. Fat Loss Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT) and stavudine (Zerit, d4T) are linked to fat loss. Efavirenz (Sustiva) may also contribute. Fat Gain One theory is that protease inhibitors interfere with the body's processing of fat. However, some patients who have never taken...
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Body Changes

Hi Docs, I hope this question doesn't come off as sounding vain, but I'm just wondering if you guys think body shape changes are inevitable in HIV patients. Do any of your long-term survivors (10 years +) not suffer from lipoatrophy and...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill the hallmark of HIV associated shape change. This almost always develops with exposure to certain HIV medications such as Zerit (d4T) and to a lesser extent AZT. It is hard to say what proportion of those taking Zerit get fat wasting but it... Read more »

Switching Zerit

I found out I was positive in 9/98. Baseline numbers were 134,500 viral load and 254 (17.5) CD4. Began my first and only regimen of Zerit, Epivir and Sustiva in 10/98. Viral load went <50 after seven months and has stayed there except for one blip...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School wind up on a combination that is potent enough for you. And the change you mention - using tenofovir/viread instead of zerit - is one that should be just as potent. And again, since you likely don't have any viral mutations, there is no... Read more »


Dear Doctor Cohen,I have previously come to this sight for advice concerning my HIV status and was very impressed and satisfied with your generous responses. I am an american who has been living and working in Italy for 18 years. I have been...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School as informed as we should be about such issues - but so far, the drug looks pretty clean.So yes - get on viread instead of zerit - to maintain your abilities to do leaps when called for by the choreographer, and not from simply trying to keep... Read more »

How long to stay on a regimen when VL is rebounding?

I have been on a first regimen of Norvir, Fortavase, Zerit and Epivir for two years now (initially was on AZT instead of the Zerit, but switched to the Zerit after two months when AZT caused severe anemia). I never missed a dose, and my VL stayed...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Something in, or about you has created this "blip". Hopefuly this was not a lab error issue. Make sure that there are no new meds causing drug interactions or lowered levels of your HIV meds. Hopefully, you are still adherent to your regimen. Make... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Stavudine (Zerit)

...Stavudine Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Stavudine React With Other Drugs? What Is Stavudine? Stavudine (Zerit) is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. The original... Read more »

An Overview of Zerit (Stavudine, d4T)

... STAV-yoo-deen Brand Name: Zerit Other Name(s): BMY-27857, Estavudina, d4T Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Stavudine, also known Read more »
The Well Project

Drug Interactions and HIV/AIDS

...cause similar side effects, combining themmay increase the amount or seriousness of those side effects. For example,combining Zerit (stavudine, d4T) with Videx (didanosine, ddI) may increase the risk of a serious condition calledlactic acidosis... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

... Retrovir (zidovudine or AZT) Videx (didanosine or ddI) Viread (tenofovir) Zerit (stavudine or d4T) Ziagen (abacavir) Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase... Read more »
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aggressive strain

Posted by borrowedtime, 5 Replies
is there anyone who has an "aggressive strain" of the hiv virus who can share about his/her health/survival experiences? i was told last monday, 04/06/09, that i have an aggressive strain and is being started right away on meds after 13 months of... Read more »

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stopping hiv meds

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My doctor yesterday threw me for a loop when he asked me about stopping my meds. I have been HIV+ since 1989 with a viral load of 200 or under and a T cell count of over 1100. These numbers have remained relatively consistent for years. Does anyone... Read more »

starting meds and I want to know what to expect

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I just found out that because my t-cells have dropped 955 in the past 16 months and my viral load has climbed 45,000 and my percentages have dropped, I will have to start meds next week. I don't know what to expect. Can anyone tell me? Read more »