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Side Effects Of Azt Vs Viread

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Tenofovir (Viread)

What Is Tenofovir? Tenofovir (Viread), also called bis-POC PMPA, is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is manufactured by Gilead Sciences. The FDA approved tenofovir for use against HIV in October 2001. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). Tenofovir is a nucleotide analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or nuke. These drugs stop HIV from multiplying by preventing the reverse...
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Viread VS AZT

I am taking Combivir and Viramune for 2,5 years now, I have no side effect yet, as I am worried on AZT longterm effect my docter asked me to consider viread instead of AZT. Is this a good choice,or should I think, if it works don't try to fix...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
You did not list what long-term effects you are concerned about, or why your doctor has made this change recommendation. In fact, you are currently on a regimen with relatively few long-term effects. Since you are apparently doing so well, it is... Read more »

Viread VS AZT

I am taking Combivir and Viramune for 2,5 years now, I have no side effect yet, as I am worried on AZT long term effect. My doctor asked me to consider Viread instead of AZT. Is this a good choice,or should I think, if it works don't try to fix...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I am so much a fan of once daily therapy that I would be proposing the same thing (or something like this). People generally like to do things once a day rather than twice a day. I'm not sure I would be doing it because of any side effect... Read more »

Viread VS AZT

I am taking Combivir and Viramune for 2,5 years now, I have no side effect yet, as I am worried on AZT longterm effect my docter asked me to consider viread instead of AZT. Is this a good choice,or should I think, if it works don't try to fix...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If a persons has tolerated AZT for 2.5 years without problems that usually predicts a low rate of problems in the future. Although the Viread can be dosed once a day with the 3TC (1/2 of Combivir) or FTC to make a once a day regimen I generally... Read more »

Viread+3TC+EFV vs AZT+3TC+EFV

Dear doctors,I'm on Gilead "extended" 903 clinical trial, finishing in 3 months' time. My medical insurance has told me that they will not provide me with VIREAD, since that drug is only provided to all-drug-resistant...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
One of the reasons that we do research studies is to determine optimal therapy. The 903 study demonstrated the superiority of Viread over d4T and clearly supports its use in first-line therapy. If your insurance company is denying it, this is... Read more »
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