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Should Someone With Hiv Take Epzicom

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AIDSinfo

An Overview of Epzicom (Abacavir/3TC, Kivexa)

...abacavir sulfate (Ziagen) and lamivudine (Epivir). Both of these medicines are nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). NRTIs block reverse transcriptase, a protein that HIV needs to make more copies of itself. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Abacavir sulfate and lamivudine are approved individually by the FDA for the treatment of HIV infection in adults and children. Because these two medicines are frequently prescribed together, the...
Ask the Experts

Switching from Epzicom to Truvada

I'm positive and have hepatitis B. I've been on Kaletra/Epzicom for 1.5 years. My hepatitis B is at the same level as where it was 6 months ago. Due to this, my doctor suggests that I switch from Epzicom to Truvada. How will this switch affect...
Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

...If you have hepatitis B and HIV Truvada may be a better option for you that Epzicom. Truvada is a combination of two HIV medications: tenofovir (Viread) and emtricitabine (Emtriva). Both of those drugs have Read more »

Kaletra / Epzicom - Would like holiday from Epzicom

My CD4 hovers around 400. Viral load undetectable for three years. Take Kaletra and Epzicom, no other medications. Experiencing some fatigue for a couple of years now. I know one common side effect of Epzicom can be fatigue. Would like to take a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Fatigue is not that common with Epzicom compared to other drugs and is common in general population so hard to pin down if Epzicom is primary cause. Switch to alterantive Read more »

Epzicom and Isentress

Since I've switched to Epzicom and Isentress.I've had tingling and stinging sensations in my hands and my feet.Sometimes my feet hurt to walk on.....What should I do?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...You should dicsuss with your HIV doctor. Neither of those drugs are commonly associated with peripheral neuropathy. Also, having tingling in hands and feet Read more »

Epzicom and heart troubles

Hi Dr. Henry. I am a 33 year old guy, been on Epzicom, Reyataz and Norvir for 5 years now. They work great for me, no side effects and have had undetectable viral load since I started this regime. I eat healthy, work out daily. I feel great. ...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...There has been some data (mainly from DAD Study) linking use of abacavir (in Epzicom) with an increased rate of heart attacks mostly in persons at high risk for heart disease. Overall risk remains low but of a Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Epzicom/Kivexa (Abacavir + Lamivudine)

... What Is Epzicom? Who Should Take Epzicom? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Epzicom Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Epzicom Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Epzicom

... Combo Drug Common Name: abacavir sulfate and lamivudine Brand Name: Epzicom Class: fixed dose combination -- nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About Epzicom (Abacavir/3TC, Kivexa) From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...have sunken a bit. Will I experience any further fat loss on this combination? For frequently asked questions on other HIV/AIDS topics, click here . Read more »
Project Inform

Truvada and Epizcom are Similar in Their Ability to Suppress HIV

...CROI 2009 in Montreal, Canada, data from the Australian STEAL study show Truvada (tenofovir + emtricitabine) is equal to Epzicom (abacavir + lamivudine) in their abilities to suppress viral loads. Each of the combination pills had unique side... Read more »
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depression

Posted by dElle, 6 Replies
...everyone. I just wanted to get some feedback on anyone who is taking antidepressants. I have been + for over 3 years and am taking Epzicom and Sustiva. HIV has not taken over my life and I am fairly well adjusted (numbers are great too). As... Read more »

Skipping Doses

Posted by chrisnxs, 2 Replies
...he can get his meds pretty easily. I discovered today that he's skipping doses..big time. He got his prescriptions of Norvir, Epzicom, and Lexiva filled on September 29th and he STILL has 14 of his once-per-day Norvir and Epzicom pills left. He's... Read more »

Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada/Epzicom...morning or night?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...I'm starting in a study, and I just got my meds today. I'll be on Reyataz boosted with Norvir, and either Epzicom or Truvada (I won't know which). Does anyone know if there are any advantages to taking these meds in the morning as opposed Read more »

Excess Medication

Posted by hott4fun, 1 Reply
...I have excess medication such as Lexiva, Epzicom, Metformin, Lipitor, and Tricor. I wonder what I can do with it? Sell it? Give it away? or Throw it away. Its all unopened bottles. Read more »