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How Long Does Epivir Take To Work

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Brand name: Epivir Generic name: lamivudine, or 3TC Class: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (nucleoside, NRTI, or nuke) Manufacturer: ViiV Healthcare, , (877) 844-8872 AWP: $498.90/month for 300 mg tablets; $429.66 for generic; $122.14/month for 240 mL solution (10 mg/mL) Standard Dose: One 300 mg tablet once a day (or one 150 mg tablet twice daily), with or without food, with no dietary...
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Starting on viread, epivir and sustiva

I have been HIV+ for 3 years. Before HIV I was a healthy active person who worked out regularly and ate a decent diet. Ove the past year I developed shingles, thrush and a month-long cold. My viral load skyrocketed to 750,000 and my t-cells dropped...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
HiI agree with your doctor. This is a very good option for initial HIV therapy. The combination of tenofovir, 3TC and efavirenz can really be taken as a true once a day regimen. Although the package insert of tenofovir says it should be taken... Read more »


Doc,i have been on crix+retrovir+epivir for almost a year and some 5months but from undetectable levels i was detectable for the past 4months and my doc suggested resistance test which showed that i have developed resistance to Epivir. now what can...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
It is a common observation that when there is initial suppression and viral rebound that is not transiently up but stays up - we see resistance to epivir first. In part this has to do with how "easy" it is for HIV to create higher degrees... Read more »

Is Kaletra & Epivir right for me?

I'm taking a regimen of Kaletra gel capsules & Epivir once daily, for 2 years. I was diagnosed positive in 1991 and have been taking HIV drugs since the beginning. My latest blood work is stable T-cells 655 and viral load 2,500 @ 24%. My...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I generally would consider getting a resistance test when a person is viremic at 2500 copies while on a Kaletra based regimen. I do not use Kaletra and Epivir as a 2 drug antiretroviral regimen. A resistance test should reveal if you are developing... Read more »

Kaletra/ Viread/Epivir combo

Hi Dr. Keith,I'm 36 yo female who has been HIV+ for 20 years. I have been on numerous drug combos over the years including AZT mono-therapy back in the 80's, but I have taken long breaks and have tried to use them sparingly for resistance...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Given your history and high viral load I would put considerable energy into getting your virus under control. If you can achieve a viral load < 50 copies then switching meds to something a bit easier could be considered. I would lean heavily on... Read more »
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Posted by TimInAtlanta, 3 Replies
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