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Raltegravir (Isentress)

What Is Raltegravir? Who Should Take It? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Raltegravir Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does it React With Other Drugs? The Bottom Line What Is Raltegravir? Raltegravir (Isentress) is a drug used for antiviral therapy against HIV. It was formerly known as MK-0518. It is manufactured by Merck. Raltegravir is the first "integrase inhibitor" drug. When HIV infects a cell, it combines its...
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Trade off for HBV anti-viral therapy

Dr McGovern,Thanks you very much for giving me medical advices. I would like to ask a question just to fulfill my curiosity. If you don't have spare time please ignore this question.The recent drugs for treating HBV seem to have very low...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
As with many drugs, we don't know the long term effect of chronic therapy for years and years. You always want to balance risk and benefit of every drug you use. If there is no detectable virus, there is no compelling reason to treat. You would... Read more »

Adherance to HBV anti-viral therapy

Dear Dr McGovern,I have a question regarding the anti-viral drug telbivudine. I am taking Tyzeka to suppress HBV replication (without coinfection from HIV or HCV ), but I do not have liver cirrhosis. What is the consequence of a few missed doses?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Thank you for your excellent question. Any time we have to take a chronic medication, sometimes pills are missed. In patients with diabetes or high blood pressure, this can result in a bad outcome, like a hyperglycemic coma or a stroke. However,... Read more »

Interactions between HAART and complementary therapies for Women

There seems to be little information on interractions between HAART and complementary therapies for women. In particular, herbal preparations. Do you know of any research or can you point me to any useful information? Many Thanks!Sera...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Your point is well taken. There is little good pharmacokinetic data for any of the alternative drugs (garlic and St Johns wort have been studied) and key HIV meds. Almost none of the data is gender specific. I have to rely on several computer... Read more »

haart therapy and hiv genes

Of the nine HIV genes, which one according to HAART therapy would be the most dangerous if it were to mutate?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Almost all HIV drugs work on HIV enzymes (reverse transcriptase and protease) that are co-located in the HIV-1 pol gene. Mutations in the gene sequences coding for these enzymes are known to cause drug resistance and therefore failure of many HIV... Read more »
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1 in 7 patients given early HAART could manage without it later, researchers estimate

Posted by ashler1977
"14 adult patients who also started a course of ART soon after infection, who subsequently stopped it, and have not had to re-start because they have largely and in eight cases completely maintained undetectable viral loads for at least four years... Read more »

Drug Therapy after Infected 3 months

Posted by Anonymous
The big debate:

Does it matter if people recently infected start antivirals early or if numbers are good, should they forgo using meds and monitor numbers.

I am wondering if there is any benefit to starting early if it is good for the long term..or do... Read more »

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Drug Therapy

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is there anyone on this sight who is not a radical against any form of drug intervention like "anonymous'? I am not on a protease inhibitor so please stop posting the same anti-protease article....your point is already well taken!

What does anyone... Read more »