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How Long Does Epivir Take To Work

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Test Positive Aware Network


... Common Name: lamivudine or 3TC Brand Name: Epivir Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One 300 mg tablet once a day (or one 150 mg tablet twice daily), with or without food, and no food restrictions.
Ask the Experts

How long's it gonna work?

Well, it looks like it is time to start HAART. CD4 = 285 VL = 120,000. I have minor symptoms of skin rashes, weight loss, and fatigue.Will be starting with the twice a day combination of stavudine [Zerit] 40 mg, lamivudine [Epivir] 150 mg and...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES to tolerate the medication and have "100%" adherence, there's no reason to think that the regimen won't last for a very long time, many years, hopefully. This statement is not a replacement for good clinical and laboratory monitoring, nor... Read more »

Adding Viread to a working regimen

Hi, I have been positive for over 12 years, and started my first antiretroviral regimen 13 months ago. I am currently on Videx EC, Sustiva, Epivir (150mg 2 times a day). Essentially, I take my Videx EC and 150mg Epivir in the a.m on an empty stomach...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
...issues of changing which three you are on - there is some validity for example in noting that emtriva has a longer half life than epivir - and theoretically this might mean a better long term outcome - though that has not yet been shown in the... Read more »

Treatment working?

I was diagnosed with HIV 6/02, CD4 count initially was 34, VL was 250,000. My meds were Sustiva/Combivir. My doctor put me on Sustiva/Epivir/Viread this past June thinking that might boost CD4 count which was 150, VL undetectable at that time. He...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia're doing great.The CD4 count was very low when you started, indicating severe damage to your immune system. It may take a long time to return. Many of the people with CD4 counts of 500 or greater are those who started treatment with CD4... 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 viral load...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...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 protease inhibitor... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

...HIV's reverse transcriptase enzyme. There aremany approved NRTIs: Emtriva (emtricitabine or FTC) Epivir (lamivudine or 3TC) Retrovir (zidovudine or AZT) Videx (didanosine or ddI) ... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...interactions: See the drugs contained in Atripla: Sustiva, Emtriva, and Viread. Do not take Sustiva, Emtriva, Truvada, Viread, Epivir, Epivir-HBV, Epzicom, Combivir, or Trizivir, while taking Atripla, since these medications are already in... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Resistance Testing

...out" which mutations will resist medications. Just one mutation can make HIV resistant to some drugs. This is true for 3TC (Epivir) and the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). However, HIV has to go through a series of... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...Potential drug interactions: See the drugs contained in Truvada -- Viread and Emtriva. Do not take with Emtriva, Viread, Atripla, Epivir, Epivir-HBV, Combivir, Epzicom, or Trizivir, since all or part of these medications are already in Truvada... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...doctors advice) Ive been on meds for 10 years now and it just feels like the right thing to do. Anybody have experience with a long drug holiday? Im a surfer from Hawaii and Im healthy with 500 t-cells and an undetectable Viral Load. ALOHA 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 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 »

How long does it take for meds to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...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 200. Does anyone have any experience with going from AIDS back to HIV status? Read more »