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Is Viramune 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 - Combivir

Years ago, I failed on a combination of meds that included Combivir. Then, I went on Ziagen/Viramune/Videx and it worked for me for 10 years. Now, my doctor is recommending Epzicom/Isentress (he wants to get me off Videx to cut down on...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...activity against an epivir resistant virus (although they share some cross resistance too). Isentress works best when it is combined with at least 2 other active drugs. If epivir and partial ziagen resistance is present in your virus the new... Read more »

Trizivir ONLY VS Epzicom/Viramune

Undetectable wuth 1100 TCs currently(9 years hiv pos)Is this OK to stopeffects of AZT on muscle wasting. Whatabout liver toxicities of Viramune
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...from Viramune. From the title of your message, it also sounds like you are also considering switching from trizivir only to epzicom/viramune, in order to avoid continuing exposure to AZT.First, I would urge you to have this discussion with your... Read more »


My doctor gave me few choices to start treatment, i'm worried about viramune+combivir still a good option?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
... would not view the combination of AZT/3TC (Combivir) +nevirapine (Viramune) as a "preferred" combination, but rather, relegated to an alternative one. Rash can occur with many... 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 way to think about this is to imagine that HIV meds fall into two columns, A and B. In column A are Truvada, Combivir, Epzicom and in column B are the protease inhibitors (like the Reyataz your doc is recommending) which generally all are... Read more »
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FAQs About Epzicom (Abacavir/3TC, Kivexa) From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...believe that Epzicom would not work equally well with Isentress? My doctor thinks I should start treatment with Epzicom + Viramune (nevirapine). I'm a model so I need a regimen without obvious side effects. Is this a good choice? Is it... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

... Table of Contents The Basics The HIV Lifecycle Approved HIV Drugs Combining HIV Drugs The Bottom Line The Basics HIV drugs cannot cure HIV but they can help you stay healthy by preventingthe Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drug Chart/Overview

...Sustiva PatientAssistance or 1-888-281-8981 Co-payment assistance at Viramune Brand Name:   Viramune Other Name(s): n/a Generic... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Drug Names and Manufacturers

...TDF Gilead Sciences & generic 2003 Emtricitabine Emtriva FTC Gilead Sciences & generic 2004 Abacavir/lamivudine Epzicom Combines Ziagen and 3TC ViiV Healthcare & generic 2004 Emtricitabine/tenofovir Truvada Combines Emtriva... Read more »
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New to Epzicom...Help with side-effects

Posted by Keoki, 1 Reply
...Anybody out there on Intellence and Epzicom? I'm new to Epzicom. I had to stop Truvada, because of kidney function issues. I'm having a bit of a hard time adjusting to Read more »

Thanks for your support and any more advice?

Posted by motherinlaw, 3 Replies
I want to thank everyone for their support and help. I posted this in response to my own previous posting and felt it might have gotten lost in the shuffle and so am reposting. I have just spoken to my son again. He was finally able to convince... Read more »

Reyataz,Norvir, Kivexa [abacavir/3TC, Epzicom].

Posted by Mondo at the forum taking the following cocktail? I'm taking Reyataz[atazanavir], Norvir [ritonavir] and Kivexa [abacavir/3TC, Epzicom]. I would be interested to know how you are going with it and any problems or side effects that you may have. ... Read more »

What should I think?

Posted by motherinlaw, 9 Replies
I will try not to make this too son called yesterday and told me his wife was not doing well. My HIV negative son and three HIV negative grandchildren may soon lose their HIV positive wife and mother. My son and daughter-in-law seem not to... Read more »