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Which Has Less Side Effects Azt Or Viread

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Lamivudine (Epivir)

... What Is Lamivudine? Who Should Take Lamivudine? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Lamivudine Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Lamivudine React With Other Drugs? What Is Lamivudine? Lamivudine (Epivir) is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART). It is manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Generic versions have been tentatively
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Why should I avoid long term exposure to AZT?

Dr. Pierone, You recently answered a question form someone about switching from Trizivir to combivir. In your answer, you suggested avoiding combivir to reduce long term exposure to AZT, one of the two drugs in combivir, in favor of Epzicom or...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...Hello and thanks for posting. The main reason for choosing Ziagen or Viread ahead of AZT is because these nucleosides are generally better tolerated and more potent. In addition, Viread has been shown to be more effective than AZT in a head Read more »

AZT and lipoatrophy

I keep hearing lately that AZT is implicated in causing lipoatrophy, along with d4t.when was this connection made. I was switched from d4t to azt a few years ago in order to avoid FURTHER lipo.is my Doc. just a twit or did he seriously not know?
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...(Zerit) in this regard. It's hard to say exactly when a scientific consensus emerges which links a medication to a specific side effect, but the connection of AZT and lipoatrophy have been known for at least several years. Studies clearly show... Read more »

Dropping AZT

I go in next week for 4 mo labs after going on Combivir & Sustiva. My 1 month labs were good VL 150, CD4 520 (42%). I am an early meds person - started 6mo post infection (nadir 74K, 350). My health is good but have some residual headaches, late...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
...is unlikely that you are "winded" due to AZT therapy if in fact your HCT is in the normal range. To be sure, anemia can be a side effect of AZT treatment, but it occurs in less than 5% of those on AZT at the current doses. But, the experience of... Read more »

Reducing AZT intake

I have been on treatment for nearly 2 years using Stocrin and Combivir with good results in so far as U/D viral load after 3 months and ever since and slowly rising CD4 count from 200 up to 350. However on my last check-up my doctor (I live in...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...sounds like you have done very well with your regimen and congratulations on perfect adherence. Lipoatrophy is one of the known side effects of nucleosides like AZT. But the agents in this class carry different risks of producing this problem. ... Read more »
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Epivir

... Common Name: lamivudine or 3TC Brand Name: Epivir Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One 300 mg tablet once Read more »
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Emtriva

... Common Name: emtricitabine or FTC Brand Name: Emtriva Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One 200 mg capsule once Read more »
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Tenofovir (Viread)

... What Is Tenofovir? Who Should Take Tenofovir? What About Drug Resistance? How Is Tenofovir Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Tenofovir React With Other Drugs? What Is Tenofovir? Tenofovir (Viread), also called bis-POC... Read more »
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Videx EC

... Common Name: didanosine or ddI Brand Name: Videx & Videx EC Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One 400 mg enteric-coated Read more »
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fear of medications side effects

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
...and all of my lab tests are negative. I may not be advise to take medications for the time being but Im pretty scared of the side effects like steven jonhsons et all. I know medication side effect varies but can anyone tell me how to handle... Read more »

26 years AIDS survior

Posted by AaronK, 3 Replies
...I had AIDS for many years now and was the lucky one's to surive... the clinical studies.... long term side effects... and the worst isolation. I'm 26 years old and i was dianosed in 1988 when i was five years old. My parents didn't Read more »

So when they say you should be on medication....

Posted by Izabella, 2 Replies
...undetectable viral load. In my very first appointment the doctor pressed me to change my regime because it was old and had too many side effects. I was extremely hesitant because it had taken me years to find a combination that I could tolerate.... Read more »

Switching from Combivir to Truvada???

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...doctor is suggesting the switch from Combivir/Sustiva to Truvada/Sustiva. Has anyone made the switch. What are the benefits aside from the once a day regimen. Any side effects to speak of. I hear it improves overall energy. My thinking is "If it... Read more »