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What Is Abacavir/3TC

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An Overview of Epzicom (Abacavir/3TC, Kivexa)

a-BAK-a-veer, la-MI-vyoo-deen Brand Name: Epzicom Other Name(s): ABC/3TC, Abacavir sulfate/Lamivudine Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors WARNING: Epzicom can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include allergic reactions, lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood), and liver problems. People who take abacavir, an anti-HIV medicine included in Epzicom, may have a serious allergic...
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Abacavir + 3TC

I heard there is going to be an abacavir+3TC pill (all in one) What's the benefits to this and when is this coming?...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Glaxo SmithKline is planning on marketing a combined formulation of abacavir and 3TC. The idea here is for these two drugs to become an alternative to the popular Combivir (AZT+3TC). Currently, abacavir is available alone (Ziagen) or as part of... Read more »

Switching to (abacavir + 3TC) with Sustiva

Hello Dr Henry,My last question to you was: Is the AZT in her combo wrecking havoc with her red & white blood cells-- if so, what is a prudent next drug combo choice to consider? You responded with: AZT can be a drag on the bone marrow and CD4...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Whether she can tolerated abacavir depends partly on what was the nature of the symptoms experienced when first started. If the symptoms were suggestive of the hypersensitivity reaction then re-exposure/use of abacavir is strongly not recommended.... Read more »

abacavir,3tc,viracept use throughout pregnancy

I know the textbook answer (treat the woman,class c, etc.,etc.), but I'm looking for other information (even behind the scenes talk) that may ease my mind about using these drugs during first trimester and beyond. Are a lot of Drs continuing...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
You present a complex issue; you are right in being concerned about viral load, there is no question that risk of maternal to child transmission is lowest[close to zero] for both in utero and intrapartum[ labor and delivery] forms of transmission... Read more »

abacavir y 3TC + Efavirenz

Estimadsimo:Hace un ao que recibo tratamiento con abacavir y 3TC + Efavirenz. Hace 3 meses vengo buscando con mi infectlogo un diagnostico diferencial entre colon irritable y diarrea crnica. Tiene en conocimiento algn antecedente igual? Mis cd4 son...
Steven M. Natterstad, M.D.

Response from Steven M. Natterstad, M.D.

Frascino Medical Group
Hola Sergio,La diarrea crnica no es un diagnstico especfico sino un termino descriptivo usado cuando diarrea dura ms de 4 semanas. Por otra parte el sndrome de colon irritable es un diagnstico especfico o sea un tipo especfico de diarrea crnica. Hay... 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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm on day 4 of my new combo Abacavir,viramune,viread, epivir and it totally sucks. I feel lousy all of the time. Is this typical when starting this combo? This is my 4th combo since diagnosis...

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AbacavirLamivudine to treat HIV infection.

Posted by jenniferdraper
AbacavirLamivudine is used to treat HIV infection. This combination medication is used with other medications. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Read more »

Aetna & Ziagen aka Abacavir

Posted by wtxgringo, 1 Reply
So now Aetna has switched over to a generic form of Abacavir from the brand name Ziagen and while I've been getting the Rx for over 6 years from Aetna RX Home Delivery, this months refill was cancelled with the note that Abacavir is now a... Read more »