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Videx EC

...pancreatitis and lactic acidosis. Given these limitations, it's rarely used anymore -- which is what can make it useful as an add-on drug for patients in deep salvage who have developed resistance and burned through all the other meds. -- Jeff Taylor Got a comment on this article? Write to us at publications@tpan.com .
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Meds and Buffalo Hump

Dear Nelson,Just a general question: is the development of a Buffalo Hump something that it a hold-over from the older generatipn of medications, or is it something that we can get from the newer generation of meds (I am currently on Stocrin and...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...more metabolic issues and body changes. But in general, once with removed Indinavir, Zert and DDI from the recommended list of HIV medications, the incidence of lipodystrophy has dropped dramatically. But it is still there for some even when... Read more »

Taking only 2 meds of 3 med cocktail

Hi-I am on DDI, D4T, and Viracept. I have found the DDI gives me upset stomachs and headaches so I haven't been taking it lately. I have not stopped other meds. What risks am I taking? Thanks
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
...Well - you are risking the whole kahuna...Here is the issue. These meds work as a team to control HIV. The reason we go with three meds is that after years of trying one, and then two meds, we found Read more »

hiv meds and alchahol

hi doc and thanks for the answers.i was a pretty heavy drinker befor i founnd out about my hiv.sence finding out i have quit drinking all together been almost 5 months.however i am a bartender and do miss the social aspect as well as a good buzz.i...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
...has been tied up with wine for centuries, so I would miss it too.Their are, however, some potential problems with alcohol and HIV meds, which mainly apply to heavy drinking and binge drinking (like a good solid drunk...) In general, moderate... Read more »

ddI once a day

hi doc... Let me first say i am very grateful for this forum it has helped me greatly! I have been hiv+ since 93. Currently viral load is undetectable and CD4 750. I have been on Crix 2x a day, zerit 40mg 2x and epivir 150mg 2x a dy....
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
...MC:ddI EC has now been approved and should be available in pharmacies shortly. It is one capsule, once a day on an empty stomach. The Read more »
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You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

...positive pregnancy. Let your doctor know that guidelines exist for the care of HIV positive women during pregnancy. CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange, www.catie.ca or 1-800-263-1638) can direct your doctor to the most... Read more »
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An Overview of Videx (Didanosine, ddI)

...transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI). NRTIs block reverse transcriptase, a protein that HIV needs to make more copies of itself. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Didanosine was approved by the FDA on October 9, 1991, and enteric-coated didanosine was approved... Read more »
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Didanosine (Videx, ddI)

...nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or nuke. 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 into... Read more »
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What You Should Know About When to Start and What Meds to Use

...Recommended Regimens for First Line Treatment Your Ability to Start and Maintain Power of the Mind Keeping Up With Taking Meds Side Effects Drug Interactions Getting Ready to Start HIV Treatment Is Your Doctor... Read more »
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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 »

I just started taking meds...

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
and would love some feedback from people. I was poz for 3 yrs before needing to begin and since I am moving to Costa Rica in the fall I thought 'no time like the present' to get myself trhough all the possible side effects. Well- they have begun. ... 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 »