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How Long Does Combivir Take To Work

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Combivir (Zidovudine + Lamivudine)

What Is Combivir? Combivir is a pill that contains two drugs used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART): zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT) and lamivudine (Epivir, 3TC). Combivir is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). Lamivudine is also known as 3TC. The drugs in Combivir are called nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or nukes. These drugs block the...
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Long Term Effect Combivir/Sustiva

I've been on Combivir/Sustiva combo for over 14 years (VRL 0, CD4 890 CD3/CD4 ratio .9). Over the last 2 years I've had horrible GERD 24/7, Gluten intolerance, IBS symptoms, diarrhea 24/7, BLOATING, NO gas, NONE which is bizarre! and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That is a good question. There is not much data on very long term use of Combivir and risk for new gut problems (partly due to fact that less and less use of Combivir in US at least). Since gut problems and gluten issues are common in general... Read more »

How long does Procrit take to work?

Shortly after starting HAART meds -- Norvir boosted Crixivan and Combivir. I'm also taking Dapsone for OI prevention -- my hemoglobin dropped from 14+ to 9. I started getting Procrit injections. After the first 6 weeks there was little...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Dear DBF,First off, your HIV specialist should try to determine the exact cause or causes of your anemia. Since you experienced a significant drop in your hemoglobin shortly after beginning your HAART meds, this would be a prime suspect. Combivir... Read more »

Prophylactic Combivir

Hello, Docs:Thanks for your good work. My question:To make a long story short, I am a married hetero male who had an unfortunate accident with a prostitute: she was hiding menstruation by using a sponge. I used a condom, but we had used a condom for...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I am a little unsure of the specifics of your exposure, or if you really had a true exposure. If you were wearing a condom during oral and vaginal sex, then you have hardly any chance of acquiring HIV from this experience and do not warrant... Read more »

combivir/sustiva miss 1 dose

Hi,last night after a long tiring day at work i went home and decided to have a short nap that instead ended this morning at 7 when my alarm clock reminded me it was time to go to work again.I was supposed to take my evening medication(combivir/and...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
Hi Andrea - First, you were correct to recognize the mistake right away and take your medications at that time; this will limit the chance that the drug levels in your blood will fall below the effective levels.Second, the risk of a single missed or... Read more »
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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 »

Combivir & AM Sickness

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Is anyone taking Combivir getting "morning" sickness. Since I have been taking this drug I have been experiencing nausea and vomiting in the morning as soon as I get up. It usually gets better by 9am, but isn't a pleasant thing to wake up to in... Read more »

First Regimen = Sustiva + Combivir + Kaletra?

Posted by placation, 4 Replies
Hey guys (and gals). I am sure this has been addressed in some other post through some other thread in the past, but it would take forever to try to find those messages. So, here's my question and my issues...

My doc subscribed Sustiva + Combivir +... Read more »

Combivir and Sustiva

Posted by paman1964, 5 Replies
I have been on these 2 drugs for almost a month and a half and have not had any side affects whatsoever.
I have a doctors appointment next Tuesday to see how these meds are working so I guess i will see what my viral load is then.
I have not had any... Read more »