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Side Effects Of Combivir Vs Epzicom

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Epzicom

Brand name: Epzicom Generic name: abacavir sulfate (abacavir)/lamivudine, or ABC/3TC Class: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor Manufacturer: ViiV Healthcare, www.viivhealthcare.com , (877) 844-8872 AWP: $1,169.26/month Standard Dose: One tablet (600 mg abacavir/300 mg lamivudine), once a day, with or without food, with no dietary restrictions. Take missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is closer to the time of your...
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epzicom/sustiva or combivir/sustiva

Hi Dr. Young! I am 37, have been HIV positive for about 2 years and had continuously drop in cd4 cells, now 345 and my doctor wants me to start treatment. He offers 2 possible treatment epzicom(here kivexa)/sustiva(here stocrin) or combivir/sustiva...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for your post.First off, I'd agree that if your willing and able to be adherent to medications, with a CD4 count around 350, it would be best to consider treatment.Both Epzicom (Kivexa) and Combivir are... Read more »

Combivir change to Kivexa (Epzicom)

Hi. I took Combivir together with Sustiva for 3 1/2 years, virus load undetectable almost immediatly CD4 always around 250, but the last year around 700. I do a lot of sports (triathlon), and noticed that during a big effort (biking), my muscles...
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 evidence that AZT has more long-term mitochondrial toxicity than the abacavir (Ziagen) which is in Kivexa (Epzicom). Since mitochondria are the energy producing units of the cell, it makes sense to switch in a... Read more »

Epzicom - Combivir

Years ago, I failed on a combination of meds that included Combivir. Then, I went on Ziagen/Viramune/Videx and it worked for me for 10 years. Now, my doctor is recommending Epzicom/Isentress (he wants to get me off Videx to cut down on...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question. It may indeed be the case that your virus had picked up a resistance mutation to epivir, it would be the most common mutation on a treatment failure that included combivir. Also, there are some zidovudine (also part of... Read more »

Long term side effects of Epzicom

Please help me with any knowledge you have so far on the long term side effects of Epzicom. I was on Combivir and Viramune from the beginning of year 2003 to 2006. I tolerated the drugs well, except for that I had constantly a light anemia, which...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
The symptoms of depression and the pain in your legs that you are describing is not something I have observed with Epzicom in my clinical practice and is not something that has been mentioned as a consistent issue in people who have taken Epzicom.... Read more »
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depression

Posted by dElle, 6 Replies
Hello 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). ... Read more »

Preparing for treatment

Posted by JimDandyinLO, 3 Replies
I expect to be starting HAART within a few weeks (Dr proposes Epzicom+Reyetaz+Norvir.) Is there anything I can do to prepare myself before I start, and since my numbers aren't so bad (650/15,000), should I try to talk him out of the Norvir, which I... Read more »

Insurance Help

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
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I am one of those people across the country who have recently been booted from my state's ADAP. I have no insurance benefits. I am trying to get on the access programs for meds, but really need something to help with doctor... Read more »

Treatment

Posted by PozInFl, 7 Replies
Hi Everyone,

I'm very confused about an issue recently presented to me by my specialist...I respect him immensely, and he is the best in this area...I was diagnosed in June, 2004 as HIV +, seroconverted in May, 2004...My CD4 is 944 and viral load is... Read more »