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Taking Epivir With Hiv Meds

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Test Positive Aware Network


...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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Taking only 2 of 3 RX HIV Meds

I take Lexiva, Zerit and Epivir.I ran out of Lexiva for 5 days and decided not to take my Zerit and Epivir until I got a new supply of Lexiva so i can take all three meds at the same time.Is it most likely best to have continued to taken the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Thanks for your post.You did the right (if not optimal) thing. It's really never a good idea to take only 2 of your 3 ongoing HIV medications. Had you done this, after 5 days, you'd only have d4T (Zerit) and 3TC (Epivir) in your body-- a dual... Read more »

herbal meds with hiv meds

Is it harmful to take the herbal pills grape seed extract and blood pure blf with my hiv meds. The hiv meds i take are viread, kaletra, epivir, and zidovudine?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...extract can interact with some blood thinning medications but I haven't seen anything published regarding interaction with your HIV medications. I have had some patients taking regimens similar to your and grape seen extract without any... Read more »

alternative medicines and Hiv meds

Hi I developed a infection of the colon or somewhere in the area, i am taking HIV meds Viread,Viramune and Epivir, I went to my local health food store with this issue, and was given Olive Leaf Extract and Jarro-Dophilus. I have read up on both...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I am unsure and suspect there are no data to deterimine if there is a potential interaction. Of the two, it seems like the Jarro-Dophilus would have the least risk for an interaction given what it is.DW Read more »


I am taking several HIV meds,Lexiva, Epivir,Ziagen,Viread,also I'm taking Coumadin, Could my smoking Crack Cocaine cause my coumadin to not be able to stay in the theraputic dose thats needed, I have a DVD in left leg.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine to that mix but for many persons using crack cocaine is associated with missing doses which is not good for either the HIV meds or the anti-coagulation. KH Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...of drug people may stay on for decades, patients and their doctors should be vigilant about kidney problems and concomitant meds that may cause them. The only side effect most patients might notice is stomach gas. Viread, like Epivir, has some... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Epivir ViiV Healthcare, 1 (877) 844-8872 Potential side effects and toxicity: This remains one of the most easily tolerated HIV medications. Side effects (rarely seen) may include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, fatigue, hair... Read more »

An Overview of Epivir (3TC, Lamivudine)

...transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI). NRTIs block reverse transcriptase, a protein that HIV needs to make more copies of itself. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Lamivudine was approved by the FDA on November 17, 1995, for use in combination with other... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Lamivudine (Epivir)

...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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Starting Meds Tomorrow...NEED ADVICE!!

Posted by running4it, 6 Replies
...hardest time swallowing pills, I dont know how I will get through this. Question: How do people who cant swallow pills take HIV meds? Can pills be crushed? Any stories or suggestions out there would help me. Share advice here or inbox me. Read more »

HIV is not for sissies

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...screening so they could begin treatment early. I wrote in a letter to the editor that while the new meds allow people with HIV/AIDS to live longer, that life is by no means healthy and that avoiding HIV infection was the best course. That... Read more »

I just started taking meds...

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...glows like sunburn, (now they get weird) sore eyes and hypersensitve teeth. It has not yet been 2 two weeks since I started on Epivir Viramune and Viread. Is this going to last forever now? Read more »

Starting meds for the first time.

Posted by glowstixboyoh, 15 Replies
...right now. I was diagnosed poz on march first of this year. I just got my lab results back and people think I should start meds. Its seems to them the virus is newly aquired, but it also looks like my immune system was low to start out with. ... Read more »