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What Does Combivir Treat

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Combivir (Zidovudine + Lamivudine)

What Is Combivir? Combivir is a pill that contains two drugs used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART): zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT) and lamivudine (Epivir, 3TC). Combivir is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). Lamivudine is also known as 3TC. The drugs in Combivir are called nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or nukes. These drugs block the...
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Combivir + ddl

Dear Dr. WohlI started to treat HIV two months ago when I was detective HIV+ and my CD4 cell count is 170. The initial regimen is only Combivir (2 times a day). When I ask my doctor about drug resistant, he add more ddl to my regimen...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Hi-Combivir is made of 2 drugs AZT+3TC. These 2 drugs alone are not usual care for HIV infection. Studies have shown that adding another drug to these medications increases the chance that the HIV virus in the blood will fall to low levels and... Read more »

METHADONE INTERACTIONS WITH COMBIVIR, KALETRA, VIREAD

HOW ARE THESE MEDICATIONS EFFECTING MY METHADONE LEVELS? I AM EXPERIENCING WITHDRAWALS EARLIER THAN I AM TOLD I SHOULD BE. MY CURRENT DOSE IS 100 MGS/DAY. I TAKE KALETRA 200 MGS/4 TIMES A DAY, CONBIVIR 2X/DAY, VIREAD 300MG 1/DAY. ANY INFORMATION...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Mehtadone levels are often decreased (averaging perhaps up to 50%) when also taking Kaletra so for some patients the dose of methadone may need to be increased. KH... Read more »

Combivir

Hello. I was wanting to know exactly what combivir was used for? It is just for the use of treating HIV or used for other illinesses also? Thank you....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Combivir is used exclusively for the treatment of HIV infection (also used for prevention of HIV infection in some situations).... Read more »

Combivir and anemia

I was started on Combivir and Sustiva in early February of this year. I was later treated in the ER due to weakness and tachycardia. My hemoglobin was 8.7. What medication change would you suggest in response to this situation? My physician...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Recommend an evaluation for anemia but consideration of a switch from Combivir to Truvada or Epzicom (if HLA B5701 negative and baseline viral load < 100,000) would be recommended in many cases. KH... Read more »
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My doctor is refusing to treat my HIV until I sign

Posted by Garth, 2 Replies
Hello world,
As a newly diagnosed HIV gay man, living in Edmonton Alberta, ( diagnosed 1 year now) I am facing what I beleive to be discrimination and bullying by my doctor. My counts when first diagnosed were CD4 500 and viral load 16,000. Over... Read more »

Combivir only for PEP?

Posted by scaredofhiv, 1 Reply
Hi,

I was prescribed Combivir for a PEP regimen as a precaution following a possible exposure. From what I can gather on the web, Combivir is typically prescribed in tandem with another drug. Was the doctor unwise to prescribe the Combivir only?... Read more »

Starting medication soon combivir/kaletra...

Posted by jimmyinvegas, 3 Replies
Is this a typical start?

combivir
kaletra

Then after 2-3 months he said he would put me on something else. Been positive for about 4 years (never on meds, they are on their way in mail), My current numbers are 528/140,280. Was up at about 690,... Read more »

Anyone on Combivir having difficulty affording it

Posted by dj1979
I have "extra" Combivir - due to a pharmacy error - PM me if you want more details. Read more »