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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Ziagen

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An Overview of Ziagen (Abacavir)

... a-BAK-a-veer Brand Name: Ziagen Other Name(s): FABC, ABC sulfate, Abacavir sulfate, Sulfato de abacavir Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Abacavir sulfate, also known as Ziagen or ABC, is a type of medicine called a nucleoside reverse
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CNS penetration of Atripla/Ziagen/Isentress

AIDS patients need CNS penetrating anti-vral drugs, right Dr.? In order to bettter fight dementia, memory loss, etc., right? so, how do isentress, Ziagen and 3-in-1 Atripla stack up? Thanz!
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...penetration of Isentress has not been well studied to my knowledge, but I would anticipate it would have excellent penetration. Ziagen has very good CNS penetration; efavirenz and emtricitabine have intermediate penetration; and tenofovir has... Read more »

stopping meds due to toxicities; a couple questions

After meeting with my id doc today,we decided I will stop meds to give my body a break from the toxicities associated with haart: hi-chol,hi-trig, lipodystrophy,plus the other usual culprits. Being on ziagen/epivir/sustiva it is known that you...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine dangerous. It takes 3 to 5 half lifes for the drug level to fall low enough to not have an effect on selecting resistance. Ziagen requres a long time to develop resistance, therefore leaving it as monotherapy for a while is not likely to case... Read more »

Your suggestions please on weight loss

I have been on Zerit, Epivir and Sustiva for two years. CD4 has risen from 276 to 639 and Viral load has been undectable for since early treatment. Noticed loss of weight in both upper and lower arrms so Doc put me on 1 percent body gel once aday...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
...worse, not better, and it should be discontinued. Recent studies indicate some fat recovery when Zerit (stavudine) is changed to Ziagen (abacavir), but these were not very large amounts and were not generally noticeable by the patient or the... Read more »

Reversing lipo

One year ago I stopped my combination therapy (Sustiva/Zerit/Epivir).I hoped to gain some more fat in my face and to loose my bloated stomach.On year off meds and I am quite discouraged with my results: I do not see any difference.CD4 have gone from...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
...weeks from the switch studies we have. There was some fat increase in the extremities when people were swicthed from Zerit to Ziagen but their perception of facial wasting did not change. It may take a long time for you to see improvements.For... Read more »
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... Common Name: abacavir sulfate Brand Name: Ziagen Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Read more »
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Abacavir (Ziagen)

...the Side Effects? Hypersensitivity Reaction How Does Abacavir React With Other Drugs? What Is Abacavir? Abacavir (Ziagen) is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. The FDA approved... Read more »
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...analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One tablet (600 mg Ziagen/abacavir sulfate/ABC and 300 mg Epivir /lamivudine/3TC), once a day, with or without food, and no food... Read more »
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...analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One tablet (300 mg Ziagen/ABC/abacavir, 150 mg Epivir/3TC/lamivudine, and 300 mg Retrovir/zidovudine/AZT), twice a day, with or without... Read more »
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Como lidiar con mis padres sin que sea tragico?

Posted by pozargie, 5 Replies
...a mis padres... mi mama sospecha que algo anda mal, supongo que es basicamente por mis cambios de humor y asiduas visitas a profesionales medicos. Mi padre reacciona hasta casi indiferente... pero me preocupa mi madre. No quiero causarles... Read more »

new drug...ziagen

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
... Just watched the news and the FDA has just approved a new drug (Ziagen). They say the Ziagen is one pill taken twice a day and is usually taken with AZT. What a tremendous Read more »

swithching Ziagen to Viread...fatigue

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Im 5 yrs in Ive been taking epivir,ziagen and viramune. Fatigue bacame an increasingly intolerable issue when I be gan Ziagen.(sorry, at yr. 3 I replaced d4tZerit with Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies the wrong forum, but the treatment forum isen't that active. I was told that they have developed a test for sensitivity to ziagen(for rechallenge purposes)and I can't find anything...Has anyone heard of this?? Read more »