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What Is 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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lypodystrophy from Ziagen?

does ziagen cause lypodystrophy and or facial wasting ?
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...class, all nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors may produce mitochondrial toxicity and lipodystrophy to varying degrees. Ziagen (abacavir) appears to be in the middle of the pack in this regard. It is less likely to produce problems... Read more »

ziagen=death so why prescribe it?

i hope it's not too late to correct an email I sent earlier today. I included Trizivir with Ziagen. I really only was thinking about Ziagen, for when I first heard of it I had heard that stopping it and starting it again can lead to death. My...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...have already answered your previous questions, and hopefully reduced some of your fears.You were actually right to include both Ziagen and Trizivir in your question, as Ziagen is a component of Trizivir (which also contains Retrovir and Epivir). ... Read more »

side effects of ZIAGEN

I have been taking ZIAGEN for about 10 months now and now am having problem with my heart. Has there been any report side effects of this kind with ziagen? I have no history of any heart problem before now.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Data to date hasn't implicated Ziagen with cardiac problems. There have been some reports of cardiomyopathy possibly associated with nucleoside agents so further Read more »

How long off Ziagen

A friend of mine, honestly a friend, told me he'd not been able to get his Ziagen refilled due to paperwork problems in KS (big surprise!) He'd gone without Ziagen for seven doses (3 1/2 days). I told him to call his doc immediately and his doc...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...If a person stops taking Ziagen because their supply runs out when they were tolerating it well (no side effects) then it is generally safe to restart it again. 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 »
AIDS InfoNet

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 »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Ziagen 300 mg Scored Tablet Facilitates Pediatric Treatment of Infection With HIV

... On December 19, FDA approved Ziagen (abacavir) 300 mg scored tablets with corresponding dosing information for pediatric patients weighing 14 kg or more using the Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Important Safety-Related Label Update for Ziagen (Abacavir Sulfate)

... On July 18, 2008, FDA approved changes to the package insert for Ziagen (abacavir sulfate) highlighting information about the association of the HLA-B*5701 allele (a part of a gene) and hypersensitivity Read more »
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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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
My doc just started me on Abacavir, to replace the Preveon I was taking, in combination with AZT and Viramune. I don't know much about Abacavir, except what I have found on Project Inform's site. I would like to hear... Read more »