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What Does Epzicom Treat

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AIDS InfoNet

Epzicom/Kivexa (Abacavir + Lamivudine)

...longer. Epzicom provides two drugs in one pill. It can be more convenient to use Epzicom than some other combinations of drugs. This could mean fewer missed doses and better control of HIV. Although lamivudine can be used to treat hepatitis B, a lower dose is used than for HIV. People with HIV infection should use the higher (HIV) dose. Some people had a flare-up of hepatitis B after stopping lamivudine treatment. People with hepatitis B...
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Switching from Epzicom to Truvada

I'm positive and have hepatitis B. I've been on Kaletra/Epzicom for 1.5 years. My hepatitis B is at the same level as where it was 6 months ago. Due to this, my doctor suggests that I switch from Epzicom to Truvada. How will this switch affect...
Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

...HIV medications: tenofovir (Viread) and emtricitabine (Emtriva). Both of those drugs have been found to be quite effective treating both HIV and hepatitis B, especially when given together. Epzicom is also a combination of two HIV medications:... Read more »

pain and swelling in left hand

I have been positive for 4 yrs and have been on PI, Isentress and Atripla (off and on 3 times). I have had chronic pain in feet and hands-not too severe-and doctor gave me Tylenol 3. Now I had a severe pain/swelling/numbness in my left hand and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Drug or HIV related peripheral neuropathy rarely would be localized to one regions (left hand/fingers) so most likely some other explanation likely. KH Read more »

Change in Mediation-Epzicom and body fat redistribution.

Thank you for your very informative response to my question posed on behalf of my friend respecting Epzicom. He has filled the prescription but prior to starting the medication, he read the manufactures' insert which has prompted another question by...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and are required to include most any adverse effect that has been linked to the medication - even if the link is tenuous.Epzicom is not known to induce the kind of body shape changes you describe. In fact, abacavir (a component of Epzicom)... Read more »

Allergic Reaction

I keep getting an allergic reaction to my meds. I have been on Lexiva, Norvir and Sustiva. The reaction I get is my body is covered in hives. I am newly diagnosed and I am being to worry. Is it possible that all the meds I come in contact with...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...diagnose, we've seen persons like you where we ultimately have diagnosed an allergic to one of the nukes-- since we frequently treat with either Truvada or Epzicom combinations, it has been the case that allergy is associated with any of these... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...identify people at high risk for this reaction and virtually eliminate HSR. About 90% of HSR occurs within the first six weeks of treatment. Symptoms of HSR usually worsen, very slowly, with every dose. If treatment is stopped because of this... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Lamivudine (Epivir)

...hepatitis B get worse after they stopped taking lamivudine. Get tested for hepatitis B before you start taking lamivudine to treat HIV. If you have hepatitis B and stop taking lamivudine, your health care provider should carefully monitor your... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...dose. AWP: $581.10 / month, $152.77 for 240 ml bottle Manufacturer contact: ViiV Healthcare, , 1 (877) 844-8872 Potential side effects and toxicity: Approximately 5-8% of people taking... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Treatment Guidelines

... What Are the Treatment Guidelines? Treatment Goals When to Start Treatment? What to Start With? Changing or Stopping Treatment Resistance Read more »
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New to Epzicom...Help with side-effects

Posted by Keoki, 1 Reply
...Anybody out there on Intellence and Epzicom? I'm new to Epzicom. I had to stop Truvada, because of kidney function issues. I'm having a bit of a hard time adjusting to Read more »

Reyataz,Norvir, Kivexa [abacavir/3TC, Epzicom].

Posted by Mondo at the forum taking the following cocktail? I'm taking Reyataz[atazanavir], Norvir [ritonavir] and Kivexa [abacavir/3TC, Epzicom]. I would be interested to know how you are going with it and any problems or side effects that you may have. ... Read more »

The correct med regimen

Posted by Jim327040, 2 Replies
...stopped the Atripla as advised while the new doc did more gene studies. A week later I went on a combination of Sustiva and Epzicom (which contains 2 drugs) so I take two tablets a day at the same time instead of just one with the Atripla. ... Read more »

Experience sought with med starting times...

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Have you started meds early in infection or later after an OI, low CD4? Can you share experience? Trying to figure best time to begin and what are advantages and disadvantages of starter sooner or later? TY Read more »