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What Is 3TC

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An Overview of Epivir (3TC, Lamivudine)

la-MI-vyoo-deen Brand Name: Epivir Other Name(s): 3TC Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Lamivudine can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood), severe liver problems, and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) in children at risk for pancreatitis. Contact your health care...
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3TC/AZT to 3TC/TDF to 3TC/AZT again

Hi,Here in the Philippines, some treatment hubs are experiencing shortage in Tenofovir meds.In effect, those who experienced incompatibility with Zidovudine (AZT) and were switched to Tenofovir (TDF) had to switch back to AZT. What are the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello thank you for posting from the Philippines.As long as there has been no issues with virologic failure or drug resistance, there should be no problem switching from one medication to another and back again. Of course be mindful that switching... Read more »

Viread+3TC+EFV vs AZT+3TC+EFV

Dear doctors,I'm on Gilead "extended" 903 clinical trial, finishing in 3 months' time. My medical insurance has told me that they will not provide me with VIREAD, since that drug is only provided to all-drug-resistant...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
One of the reasons that we do research studies is to determine optimal therapy. The 903 study demonstrated the superiority of Viread over d4T and clearly supports its use in first-line therapy. If your insurance company is denying it, this is... Read more »

Hair Loss & 3TC - Switch 1 of 3 Drugs? JB

I've been on Crix, AZT & 3TC since 1996 and have had an undetectable viral load and increasing CD 4 count to 550+. But in the last 6 months I been losing my hair. I would like to stop 3TC, but I don't know which drug I should...
John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Response from John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Duke University Medical Center
Hair loss can occur in persons with HIV infection, both on or off of antiretroviral therapy. Recently Crixivan has been linked with hair loss, and my guess is that it may be responsible for yours. I might start by switching your Crixivan to... Read more »


estimado Dr. que diferencia existe entre la medicacion 3TC y 3TC Complex?desde ya, muchas gracias!...
Pablo Tebas, M.D.

Response from Pablo Tebas, M.D.

Washington University St. Louis, MO - Facultad de Medicina
El 3tc es lamivudina sla y el 3tc complex incluye tambien AZT (En los USA se le llama combivir)La composicion de cada uno de los frmacos es:3TC. Cada comprimido recubierto contiene: Lamivudina 150 mg. Excipientes c.s. Cada ml de solucin oral... Read more »
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Reyataz,Norvir, Kivexa [abacavir/3TC, Epzicom].

Posted by Mondo
Is there anyone here 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... Read more »

Light sleeping / no sleeping / endless dreaming

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
I'm on EFV, 3TC, & TDF (Efavirenz, Lamivudine, & Tenofovir). All taken at the same time, just before bed.

I either sleep so lightly that any movement or sound from my partner wakes me up; or I lie there for two to four hours not sleeping at... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Has anyone switched or is using viread? If so, how long and any adverse side effects? I've had problems with pretty much all nukes except 3tc and wanted to see if this drug was similar?

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i have been positive since 1989...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I've been positive since 1989 and refused to participate in any
therapies until 2 years ago. I began Crixie-AZT-3TC therapy and
would like to share my results.

Well, to sum it up, my T4s went from 7 to 300, and my viral load
from 400,000 to... Read more »