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Should I Take Viread If I Have Hiv

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... Common Name: tenofovir disoproxil fumarate Brand Name: Viread Class: nucleotide analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs, or nukes) Standard dose: One 300 mg tablet once a day, with or without food, and no food restrictions. Dosing frequency needs
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Hello Dr. Holodniy,My gastroenterologist put me on viread to treat my HBV. It is the first time i am taking meds. Given that Viread is new as an HBV option - is it wise to be on it instead of Hepsera. Given that the long-term effect of it on HBV is...
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
...studies which were just published in the New England Journal of Medicine a couple of weeks ago, clearly show the effectiveness of viread. Those of us who treat HIV patients have been using this med to successfully treat patients for HIV infection... Read more »


hello,I would ask you about viread. My doctor says that viread reduced my cd4 count ( from 920 to 600 ). Is this correct ?thanks
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...No. Viread in combination with other HIV medications has been found to INCREASE CD4 cell counts. An exception can be when Viread is taken Read more »

Extreme fatique - HIV or depression?

I'm currently taking Reyataz, Zerit, andViread for HIV, and Lexapro and Trazadone for depression. I have been infected for about 20 years. When I was first diagnosed, by CD4 was 8 (eight.) My vral load is currently undetectable, and my CD4 is around...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Fatigue is one of the most common and annoying symptoms associated with HIV disease. Its cause often turns out to be multifactorial, i.e. multiple underlying causes all working in tandem, just as you surmised. Read more »

Aciphex and HIV Meds

I am on aciphex now due to a hiatal hernia. My HIV meds are Trizivir and Viread. Will an acid blocker interfere with my HIV meds?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...unusual HIV drug regimen, there's no significant interaction between the components of Trizivir (AZT, 3TC, abacavir), tenofovir (Viread) and the proton pump inhibitor Aciphex. BY Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Approves Viread for HIV-1 Infection

...The Food and Drug Administration has approved Viread (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), a new antiviral drug indicated for treatment of HIV-1 infection in combination with other antiretroviral Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Clinical Trials Testing Viread in MSM for HIV Prevention to Begin in Atlanta, San Francisco

...Francisco researchers to test Viread in 960 HIV-negative Cambodian women, most of whom are commercial sex workers ( Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report , 2/6). However, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in August ordered a stop to the planned human... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Government Agencies, Gates Foundation To Fund Trials to Test Whether AIDS Drug Viread Can Prevent HIV Infection

...response and lower viral levels in the bloodstreams of patients who are resistant to other antiretrovirals ( Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report , 10/29/02). The Gates Foundation has awarded a $6.5 million grant to fund a randomized,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Protests Might Slow Trials Aimed at Determining if Antiretroviral Drug Viread Could Prevent HIV Infection

...double-blind study, in which participants will be assigned to take Viread or a placebo every day for two years ( Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report , 3/18). Public health officials in San Francisco began recruiting MSM for the trial in February. The... Read more »
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Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...An editorial in my local paper bemoaned that the writer was saddened that his friend died of AIDS in 1994 just before the advent of drugs that would have allowed him to lead a long and healthy life. The editorial advocated Read more »

Looking for info on Atripla

Posted by rickincattco, 4 Replies
Hello all, Can some please tell me about the new drug Atripla (in plain english). I have seen a few references to it and I would like to know more aobut it. Is it a combination of other drugs out nnow or something totally new. I dont see my Doc... Read more »

swithching Ziagen to Viread...fatigue

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Ziagen.(sorry, at yr. 3 I replaced d4tZerit with Ziagen.My legs were melting away) Anyway going to try replacing the Ziagen with Viread.That should very quickly identify the culprit behind the fatigue. Another clue was that I couldn't tolerate... Read more »

On the rise 3.5 years post HIV/AIDS diagnosis

Posted by PositiveInPVD, 5 Replies
...I'll probably have a heartattack from all the crap I eat long before that! LOL And also my doctor is changing my Epivir and Viread combo to Truvada, so now I am going to be taking just 2 pills a day instead of 3, which was a change from 11 over... Read more »