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Taking Combivir With Hiv Meds

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...drugs. Effective and still widely used, it's still the sum of its parts, so suffers from the anemia, fatigue, and lipoatrophy caused by its AZT component. These days there are better options for those who don't want to take their meds twice a day, so it's no longer a preferred medication in the Guidelines. But the positive central nervous system (CNS) penetration profile makes it valuable for those experiencing cognitive difficulties. It's...
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Reviving the combivir: started meds during ARS combivir want to stop- can i?

Hi Dr. Bob, I started combivir during ARS - i have been taking only combivir for about 33 days now- and dna pcr indicated the virus. I was wondering if i stop meds now- will i automatically become resistant to combivir- is there a way i can stop to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello Issac,Without additional information, it's difficult to provide you with specific advice. If indeed you are HIV positive and have been started on an antiretroviral medication regimen, I would assume it contains more than Combivir, as this Read more »

Why so many side affects?

My husband has HIV. He has been taking Sustiva and Combivir. Since he has been on these meds, he now has high blood pressure, diabetes (very little family history)and high cholesterol (which has been getting worse. His VL and T count are both...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...have been generally not linked to hypertension. Those conditions are common in the general population so linkage to specific HIV drugs often difficult. There may be some metabolic benefit by switching from Combivir to Truvada or Epzicom. Diet... Read more »

Taking supplements with HIV meds

I was wanting to know if it's safe to take a supplement called Heal All with Combivir and Sustiva?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I haven't seen anything published or presented about Heal All in the setting of HIV infection or any concerns about interactions with Sustiva. If any reader has a reference please post. KH Read more »

kaletra + combivir = ??

Hello Dr. Henry,Upon hospitalization with PCP two months ago, my cd4 was 44 and VL was 74,000. I started off taking combivir and sustiva, but just switched the sustiva to kaletra due to unmanageable side effects. Recent side effects include a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...immune reconstitution-would point out to your HIV specialist. The other symptoms are not particularly associated with your HIV meds. KH Read more »

An Overview of Zerit (Stavudine, d4T)

...transcriptase from completing its job. This prevents the HIV DNA strand from being formed and halts the HIV life cycle. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Stavudine was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 24, 1994, for use in... Read more »
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Thinning Bones a Growing Problem Among People With HIV; HIV and HIV Meds Appear to Be Culprits

... Bone problems have quietly emerged as a major health issue for people with HIV, and HIV meds may be at least partly to blame, according to recent research. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that suggest HIV Read more »
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...nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or nukes. These drugs block the reverse transcriptase enzyme. This enzyme changes HIV's genetic material (RNA) into the form of DNA. This has to occur before HIV's genetic code gets inserted... Read more »
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get ready, get set.............. go meds

Posted by dealin_wit_it, 3 Replies
...ok, just got back from the doc's office and he told me that as of today, i'm on meds. we've already talked about this and i already decided to start with combivir and kaletra. he agrees, until my geneo type comes Read more »

HIV med success stories?

Posted by sunkyst, 7 Replies
...Does anyone here have any success stories with HIV meds i.e. you've been on treatment for a while and it's working well for you without too many serious side effects? Read more »

Does anyone feel good on meds??

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...out I was HIV pos last year. Doing well, feeling great, normal CD4 and percentages and VL less than 1500 on three tests. No meds needed yet per my HIV doc. Reading the posts here and letters to the experts it seems everyone is having problems... Read more »

Starting meds soon, can he start now?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...My partner has an appointment for the middle of next week to get set up for meds. He was diagnosed this past summer and had a CD4 count of 199 at that time and PCP (that's how we found out). He had previously Read more »