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Taking Atazanavir With Hiv Meds

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An Overview of Reyataz (Atazanavir)

...material, a new virus particle is assembled. When atazanavir is present, however, it interferes with the HIV protease enzyme and stops the processing of viral proteins, thereby preventing more virus particles from being made. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Atazanavir was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 20, 2003, for use with other antiretroviral medication in the treatment of HIV infection. HIV can become resistant...
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my meds

i currently take truvada and reyataz,but my friend says i need epivir too.my doctor says i have no trace of hiv and that the "cocktail" is working fine.who is right?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...both FTC and 3TC. Perhaps what your friend was alluding to was the need to take ritonavir (Norvir) when Truvada is taken with atazanavir (Reyataz). This is because tenofovir signficantly lowers atazanavir levels-- an effect that is compensated... Read more »

my cousins meds bad reaction

my almost 40 year-old brazilian cousin[will be 40 in february] was diagnosed with hiv in may 2006, cd4 216 VL 136.000 .he had no sympthoms since then except for herpes zooster which made him go through an HIV blood test. he was completed healed...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...He likely has a high bilirubin level due to the atazanavir. perhpas 5% of patients on atazanavir develop a high level that is noticealbe and leads to consideration of changing the atazanavir Read more »

Meds and Diabetes

I'm taking Sustiva and Epzicom. My only risk factor for adult Diabetes is family history. My fasting glucose has gone up from around 85 to 108 in the last 3 years. This coincides with my meds switch. Is either drug known to increase glucose levels?...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...then only if there is evidence of worsening. If you did have to switch one option, if you have never been on any other HIV meds, would be to stay on Epzicom and swap the Sustiva for atazanavir not boosted with ritonavir. Unboosted atazanavir... Read more »

HIV meds causing CAD

I am a 54 yr old physician who has been taking hiv meds since1992. I had my 1st stentplace 1996, 2nd stentRt. Artery 9/05 and now my 3rd stent8/06in left. I would like to know if my CAD are caused by the side effects of theses medication and what...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...atazanavir stone-wow! I have seen several patients (and reported in literature) with almost malignant atherosclerosis from their HIV/meds. Aggressive diet/exercise/statins/diabetes treatment has helped some patients. KH Read more »
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FAQs About Reyataz (Atazanavir) From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...should Reyataz be taken with? How important is it to take Reyataz with food? For frequently asked questions on other HIV/AIDS topics, click here . Read more »
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Expert Panel Revises U.S. HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines; Recommends Starting HIV Meds Earlier

...country, and many HIV health care workers are likely to follow them. The guidelines themselves were revised by a panel of 30 HIV/AIDS experts from across the U.S. We'll summarize a few of the major changes in the revised guidelines below. A ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Atazanavir (Reyataz)

...Dosing for children at least 6 years old is based on their weight and prior treatment history. For more information see www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/DrugsNew/DrugDetailNT.aspx?int_id=314 . Atazanavir is available in capsules of 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg... Read more »
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Those taking, Raltegravir, Truvada & Atazanavir

Posted by sweetvanilla27, 1 Reply
...wanting to hear from anyone who have experienced taking Raltegravir, Truvada & Atazanavir and how you have got on with the meds? I first started taking meds in May this year I was put on Truvda and Sustiva first, and was taken off them due... Read more »

started meds and hate it.

Posted by frank74, 9 Replies
...I started meds because my vl was too high 100,000 and cd4 dropped to below 500. I don't have any physical issues with meds but I is more emotional. Read more »

HIV is not for sissies

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 »

cost of hiv

Posted by hopefulone, 8 Replies
...curious...what is the cost of hiv in terms of medical treatment...i am not currently on medicine and am curious what the disease costs some of you guys on an annual Read more »