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Is Sustiva Plus Epzicom A Good Combination

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The Well Project

HIV Treatment Guidelines

...combinations have been proven useful in clinical trials, but may havedisadvantages, such as less effectiveness or more side effects. Alternativeregimens include: NNRTI-based regimens Sustiva (efavirenz) and Epzicom (abacavir + lamivudine) or Combivir Viramune (nevirapine) and Combivir PI-based regimens Invirase (saquinavir) and low-dose Norvir and Truvada Kaletra...
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epzicom/sustiva or combivir/sustiva

Hi Dr. Young! I am 37, have been HIV positive for about 2 years and had continuously drop in cd4 cells, now 345 and my doctor wants me to start treatment. He offers 2 possible treatment epzicom(here kivexa)/sustiva(here stocrin) or combivir/sustiva...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...negative, abacavir/3TC (Epzicom) should very well be a well tolerated, once-daily combination treatment with efavirenz (Stocrin, Sustiva). Combivir, in my opinion is also a viable option, but subject to somewhat greater risk of side effects, and... Read more »

Sustiva+Epzicom in one pill?

Hi Dr. DeJesus, I currently switched from Atripla to Sustiva+Epzicom due to increasing liver/kidney function. I notice while reading your profile that you have been in close contact with the drug companies. Is there any future plans that you know...
Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

...It is very unlikely that Sustiva and Epzicom will ever be combined into a single tablet. There are a lot of logistic reasons why that would not happen, and probably they Read more »

Follow up to Is this a good combo to start

My Dr. says that Reyataz and Norvir would need to be combined with 2 other medicines such as a combination pill like truvada or combivir. It would not be combined with lexiva. Does this mean I would be taking 4 different medicines instead of the...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...column B are the protease inhibitors (like the Reyataz your doc is recommending) which generally all are taken with Norvir plus Sustiva, Viramune and Raltegravir. Docs pick one from column A and one from column B. DW Read more »


haven't seen mention of Sustiva 600milgrm and Epzicom 600 milgram is this a good combination/Tcells 127-viral 66,000
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your post.The combination of abacavir/3TC (Epzicom, Kivexa) and efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin) is a frequently used therapy in our practice-- particularly among patients at risk Read more »
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FAQs About Epzicom (Abacavir/3TC, Kivexa) From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...old and have been HIV positive for about two years. My doctor wants me to start treatment. He gave me two choices: Epzicom + Sustiva (efavirenz, Stocrin) or Combivir (AZT/3TC) + Sustiva. I have no liver or kidney issues. Which of these regimens... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...durable and long-lasting -- earning it a place on the treatment guidelines preferred regimen backbones. And like the other combos, combining the drugs extends their patent life for the company -- an added incentive beyond the convenience of... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...non-nucleoside analog (also called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, NNRTI or non-nuke) Standard dose: One tablet (Sustiva [600 mg] and Truvada [200 mg Emtriva and 300 mg Viread]), once a day, on an empty stomach or with a light,... Read more »
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FAQs About Sustiva (Efavirenz, Stocrin) From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...blame for the intensity of these emotions? Drug Interactions I recently began my first HIV med regimen with Kivexa (Epzicom, abacavir/3TC) and Stocrin. Which erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs can I take with this combo? I was just... Read more »
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The correct med regimen

Posted by Jim327040, 2 Replies
...horrifying stuff. I stopped the Atripla as advised while the new doc did more gene studies. A week later I went on a combination of Sustiva and Epzicom (which contains 2 drugs) so I take two tablets a day at the same time instead of just one... Read more »

Night terrors/nightmares

Posted by Lovinlife, 5 Replies
I see in some of the posts people talk about having bad nightmares or hallucinations as a result of meds. I didn't know that was a side effect. I've had really horrible night terrors since taking AZT 10 years ago. Recently I was in a study and took... Read more »

New to all this... from England

Posted by Jeeves01, 7 Replies
...choices of combo's, and I wondered if any of you could offer your opinions as to their tolerability, potency etc: - Epzicom + Sustiva - Truvada + Sustiva - Truvada + Reyataz + Norvir My Doctor has filled me in as to the pro's/con's of each... Read more »

To clinical trial or not to clinical trial?

Posted by ai77, 1 Reply
...clinical trials nurse on Friday. She asked me to participate in a study with these arms: 1) Sustiva + Truvada 2) Sustiva + Epzicom 3) ATV + RTV + Truvada 4) ATV + RTV + Epzicom There's a 25% chance I'd be assigned to any one of these arms.... Read more »