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Which Has Fewer Side Effects Truvada Or Epzicom

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Epzicom/Kivexa (Abacavir + Lamivudine)

What Is Epzicom? Epzicom is a pill that contains two drugs used to fight HIV: abacavir (Ziagen) and Epivir (lamivudine, 3TC). Epzicom is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Outside the US, it is called Kivexa. Generic versions have been tentatively approved under PEPFAR (see Fact Sheet 475 ). The drugs in Epzicom are called nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or nukes. These drugs block the reverse transcriptase enzyme. This enzyme...
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Epzicom or Truvada and side effects

Hi Doctor, thank you for your support of this site.I am considering commencing HIV treatment at this time as recommended by my doctor. My choice is either Truvada or Epzicom combined with Sustiva.From what we now know at this time, in your opinion...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Tenofovir/FTC (TRUVADA) and abacavir/lamviduine (EPZICOM, KIVEXA) are the most widely prescribed NRTI combinations in North America and Europe. Both are generally very well tolerated and effective, though there are... Read more »

Epzicom or Truvada a clear winner?

Greetings from overseas more precisely Denmark (a small country in northen Europe). Thanks for your excellent services and wealth of information on your website. I visit you website several times a week to get the latest news and read your replies...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. I think that Truvada and Epzicom are both very good agents. For patients that have not been exposed to either one, and are trying to decide which one to choose, the available data seems to favor Truvada. This is based... Read more »

Truvada Vs Epzicom plus Kaletra

Hi Doc,I just started meds as part of a clinical trial (www.clinicaltrials.gov). I need to take Epzicom & Truvada (one of which is a placebo) plus 6 pills of kaletra everyday (a total of 8 pills and again one pill is just a placebo) for two...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. Side effects from medications come in one of two varieties: short-term and long-term. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea might be an example of a short-term side effect (which can certainly continue long-term if the... Read more »

Isentress/Truvada combo switch from Epzicom/Sustiva

Long term (28yr) survivor currently on 400mg Sustiva and Epzicom. I have800-1,000 avg t cells and no viral load. Have been very sucessful on this regimen from the onset about 3 yrs now. Orig on Crixivan and viread, etc.. also with no problems. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Sustiva has been associated with some lipid abnormalities. Switching to Isentress/Truvada seems reasonable to me. None of the antiretrovirals are significantly linked with hypertension (high blood pressure). If indeed you're still having... Read more »
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Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada/Epzicom...morning or night?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I'm starting in a study, and I just got my meds today. I'll be on Reyataz boosted with Norvir, and either Epzicom or Truvada (I won't know which).

Does anyone know if there are any advantages to taking these meds in the morning as opposed to the... Read more »

New to Epzicom...Help with side-effects

Posted by Keoki, 1 Reply
Anybody out there on Intellence and Epzicom? I'm new to Epzicom. I had to stop Truvada, because of kidney function issues. I'm having a bit of a hard time adjusting to the Epzicom...nausea, lethargy, and just not "feeling right." Any information... Read more »

Abacavir - Hypersensitivity - EPZICOM

Posted by Survivor, 2 Replies
David, I read your Email and brought the PDF forward. Dr. Ben was very watchful when I initially got started and had follow up calls to me regarding any problems if in deed I was blinded on the Abacavir. Either I am on it and am fine or I am not... Read more »

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 »