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Should I Take Viread If I Have Hiv

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Brand name: Viread Generic name: tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir), or TDF Class: Nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor(nucleotide, NtRTI, or nuke) Manufacturer: Gilead Sciences, Inc., , (800) GILEAD-5 (445-3235) AWP: $926.09/month Standard Dose: One 300 mg tablet once a day, with or without food, with no dietary restrictions. Dosing frequency needs to be adjusted for people with decreased kidney...
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I was wondering whether the combo delaviridine, viread and kaletra is potent and with less side-effects than some of the other hiv meds. What should I watch out for if I go on this combo. I am switching from fosamprenavir to delaviridine as fos...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
This is an unusual regimen since delavirdine (Rescriptor) is rarely used anymore. It should be a very potent regimen, but Kaletra and delavirdine are not known for a low side effect profile. There is probably a reason why it was recommended, but... Read more »

Access of Viread in Germany

When will the anti-hiv drug Viread by Gilead Sciences be available in pharmacies in Germany?Can you give information on the Viread expanded access programm in Germany?...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
Viread (tenofovir) received approval from the European Union on February 7. This should mean it will be available in most European countries in the near future.There is an expanded access program. The phone number for Europe is 33-1-44-90-34-46.... Read more »

Starting on viread, epivir and sustiva

I have been HIV+ for 3 years. Before HIV I was a healthy active person who worked out regularly and ate a decent diet. Ove the past year I developed shingles, thrush and a month-long cold. My viral load skyrocketed to 750,000 and my t-cells dropped...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
HiI agree with your doctor. This is a very good option for initial HIV therapy. The combination of tenofovir, 3TC and efavirenz can really be taken as a true once a day regimen. Although the package insert of tenofovir says it should be taken... Read more »

Weight Loss and drop in CD4 cell on Videx/Viread

I am 42 years old and I have been living with HIV for 19 years. I am currently taking Viread, Kaletra and Videx (three years) and always take them on time. My problem is that I have lost about 40 lbs in the last 4 months with no explanation. It...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. There is an important drug interaction between Videx and Viread that may heighten toxicity and in some cases lead to a reduction in CD4 cells. Weight loss, nausea, and fatigue that develop in someone on HIV medications... Read more »
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swithching Ziagen to Viread...fatigue

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Im 5 yrs in Ive been taking epivir,ziagen and viramune.
Fatigue bacame an increasingly intolerable issue when I be gan Ziagen.(sorry, at yr. 3 I replaced d4tZerit with Ziagen.My legs were melting away)
Anyway going to try replacing the Ziagen with... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm on day 4 of my new combo Abacavir,viramune,viread, epivir and it totally sucks. I feel lousy all of the time. Is this typical when starting this combo? This is my 4th combo since diagnosis...

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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does anyone have any experience with viread? I hear it's supposed to be great in terms of side effects, but I want to know if anyone went on it either a switch or new reg and noticed increased lipo or new lipo or hair loss?

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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Has anyone switched or is using viread? If so, how long and any adverse side effects? I've had problems with pretty much all nukes except 3tc and wanted to see if this drug was similar?

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