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Taking Epzicom When You're Hiv Positive

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Epzicom/Kivexa (Abacavir + Lamivudine)

What Is Epzicom? Epzicom is a pill that contains two drugs used to fight HIV: abacavir (Ziagen) and Epivir (lamivudine, 3TC). Epzicom is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Outside the US, it is called Kivexa. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). The drugs in Epzicom are called nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or nukes. These drugs block the reverse transcriptase enzyme. This enzyme...
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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 drug (ie Truvada or raltegravir) with observation for several months to track... Read more »

Switch to Epzicom

I have been HIV positive for about 1.5 years now and taking a combo of Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada for 1 year. So far, i've had great results (UD 3 weeks after starting meds) and have not had any side effects to the medication.I recently switched...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,There is no one right answer when selecting an antiretroviral regimen. However, considering you've done extremely well on your current regimen with essentially no side effects, personally I would not switch to Epzicom. I would agree with... Read more »

Headaches; taking Prezista, Norvir and Epzicom

Hi, doctor.I am the guy who asked about lipodystrophy/atrophy. So, first, thanks for your response. :)My partner is on Prezista, Norvir and Epzicom. This is his new regimen starting early this March (March 7, I believe), prescribed by an HIV...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Boosted protease inhibitors and less often Epzicom can cause headaches when first starting-typically that will improve with time but not always. Ibuprofen is usually OK to take unless problem with stomach acid or kidney function. Would inform HIV... Read more »

Very concerned about PEP regimen Truvada & Epzicom

Thank you Dr. Bob for your priceless website. I had "receptive anal intercourse with ejaculation" with a promisuous 18-year-old drug user (and high school drop out) of unknown HIV status. I did bleed a little.I know this is one of the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Assuming your "receptive anal intercourse with ejaculation" was unprotected, it is indeed the most risky sexual activity for potential HIV transmission. That there was bleeding increases the risk. PEP was certainly warranted.... Read more »
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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 to the... Read more »

Hiv Positive Dating | Hiv Positive Singles | Hiv Positive Forums | Hiv Positive Chatroom

Posted by Chloe1023, 5 Replies
http://www.Pozspaces.com is a HIV positive singles dating site for individuals who may be HIV positive or have AIDS. We understand that living with this virus/disease can be difficult when it comes to dating. We want to provide the opportunity for... Read more »

Hiv Positive Dating | Hiv Positive Singles | Hiv Positive Forums | Hiv Positive Chatroom

Posted by Pozme
www.Pozspaces.com is a HIV positive singles dating site for individuals who may be HIV positive or have AIDS. We understand that living with this virus/disease can be difficult when it comes to dating. We want to provide the opportunity for those... Read more »

I am HIV positive, I tested positive a year ago.

Posted by DELRAELADAMSCH, 1 Reply
Hello I am HIV Positive and I have been taking the necessary medication and I tested positive a year ago. Read more »