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Taking Protease Inhibitors When You're Hiv Positive

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Protein Accumulation Might Cause Fat Deposits, Other Side Effects in HIV-Positive People Taking Protease Inhibitors, Study Says

Similarities between genetic conditions that cause early aging and side effects experienced by some HIV-positive people when taking protease inhibitors might explain the fat accumulation associated with the drugs, according to a study published... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Protease Inhibitor Lowers Viral Loads Among HIV-Positive People With Drug Resistance, Study Finds

The protease inhibitor darunavir, sold under the brand name Prezista by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Tibotec Pharmaceuticals , has been found to effectively decrease HIV viral loads after 48 weeks of use among people who have developed drug... Read more »
PWA Coalition Colorado

New HIV Protease Inhibitors

Introduction Benefits of Early Protease Inhibitors Limitations of Early Protease Inhibitors Challenges to Protease Inhibitors: Non-Nucleoside RT Inhibitors The Rise of Boosted PIs Therapeutic Challenges and New Protease Inhibitors New Protease... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Protease inhibitors

I like most HIV positive people are taking the protease inhibitor drugs. Is protease an enzyme? I ask this because I also drink wheatgrass juice on a daily basis and one of the enzymes it claims to boost is protease. What is the connection here?...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
The job of protease inhibitors is to "inhibit" specific HIV protease enzymes. So, yes, proteases are enzymes, but protease inhibitors are not. There are enzymes inside and "outside" (in the gastrointestinal tract) the body.... Read more »

I don't take protease inhibitors

I have been HIV positive since 1989. About 1995 I started zerit and epivir, but then I was given a protease inhibitor. I tried it for a year and decided that it wasn't worth feeling as bad as I felt. First I have a problem remembering to take...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
Every doc has seen a few patients who seem to stay very stable for a long time on a two drug regimen. As you say, everyone is different. The problem is that you don't say where your viral load and CD4 count started from and where they are... Read more »

PROTEASE INHIBITOR TREATMENT

I AM HIV POSITIVE, WITH A CD4 COUNT OF 394 AT LAST READING. MY DOCTOR HAD HAD ME ON 400 MG OF RITANOVIR AND 800 MG OF SAQUINAVIR. HE LATER DECREASED MY DOSAGE TO 200 MG OF RITANOVIR AND 400 MG OF SAQUINAVIR. SINCE THIS DECREASE IN DOSAGE, MY VIRAL...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
The usual doses when combining ritonavir and saquinavir are 400 to 600 mg ofritonavir twice daily plus 400 mg of saquinavir. When you use only 200 mg ofritonavir it may be enough to help increase saquinavir levels, but it'scertainly not enough... Read more »

Are there alternatives to protease inhibitors?

After 25 years of low or undetectable viral loads, it went up to about 10,000. My doctor gave me a resistance test, which I have not yet seen, and changed my meds to Norvir, Isentress, Prezista, and Edurant. I already have neuropathy in the toes 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
Your HIV regimen contains an integrase inhibitor, a boosted protease inhibitor, and a non-nucleoside. This type of combo is prescribed with people with multidrug resistance that usually have very few options beyond these drugs. You should ask your... Read more »
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Protease Inhibitors - Hemophilia bleeds

Posted by akcol
Hi, my fiance is a Long Term NonProgressor - 24 years positive, co-infection HCV, with severe Hemophilia A.

This is a question for the gentlemen with Hemophilia please.
We're requesting any input about any Hemophilic PI increased unusual bleed... Read more »

lipodystrophy from protease inhibitors

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have known about my HIV+ status now for 6 years, and God has blessed me with continued good health. I have accessed all the major medications, plus vitamins to help fight the disease. Once I started taking the new protease inhibitors, I started... Read more »

Hyperglycemia as a result of Protease Inhibitors

Posted by Anonymous
I found a product for reducing glucose levels. It is called Meishan Tea. They make 4 different kinds of tea and I have people that are showing tremendous results on all 4 kinds. However, the people that are presently taking the tea do not have AIDS.... Read more »

Integrase Inhibitor

Posted by Survivor
I just wanted people realize there is hope and continued very active DRUG DISCOVERY!

Merck, Gilead Release Strong Findings From Clinical Trials of Experimental Integrase Inhibitor Antiretroviral Drugs

Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based Merck and Foster... Read more »