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Physical Properties Of Stavudine

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Stavudine (Zerit)

What Is Stavudine? Stavudine (Zerit) is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. The original patent on stavudine has expired. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved generic forms of stavudine for sale in the U.S. and under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). Stavudine is also known as d4T or didehydro-deoxythymidine. Stavudine is the most commonly used anti-HIV medication...
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PHYSICAL APPEARENCE CHANGE

I'm a newbe,and I'm worried about physical changes in my appearence,I am scared that my stomache will bloat,my shoulder blades will pretrude,and my muscle will deteriate.Im on comb/sustiva,and wonder if there is any combo's studied...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question.A key concept that is often underappreciated is that we don't fully understand what the causes of these body shape changes are. It is clear from several studies that long-standing, or severe HIV disease places one at... Read more »

Which HIV meds have broader anti-viral properties?

Do any of the HIV meds show promise or efficacy as broader antiviral agents...similar to how alpha interferon can be a broad based antiviral? (I don'tmean just for Hep B, but beyond...).Many thanks....
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Almost all HIV meds are HIV-1/2 specific. However, there are a few that have activity against HTLV 1 and 2, which are also retrovirus cousins of HIV-1.... Read more »

Anti-viral properties of semen?

This may sound way off base, but here it goes anyway.Several years ago I ejaculated on my partner's chest, thenspread the semen around with my hands. I had several hardwarts on the underside of my fingers, which completelywent away within 3...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. I have not found anything in the medical literature to suggest that semen would have any antiviral activity, including activity against warts of any kind. If you have any further questions, please feel free to... Read more »

Can I take Zerit (Stavudine, d4T) with Viread (Tenofovir).

Hi, I just had a quick question. I've been researching everywhere but couldnt find an answer, if I'm taking Zerit (Stavudine, d4T) and Sustiva (Efavirenz, Stocrin), can I take Viread (Tenofovir).Thanks so much for all your help. God bless. ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for your post.While d4T (Zerit) is not routinely used with tenofovir (Viread, Truvada),nor is this a commonly used NRTI backbone to be taken with efavirenz, there's no particular reason why the two drugs couldn't be... Read more »
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