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Which Has Less Side Effects Sustiva Or Kaletra

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Brand name: Kaletra Generic name: lopinavir/ritonavir, or LPV/r Class: Protease inhibitor (PI) Manufacturer: Abbott Laboratories, , (800) 222-6885 AWP: $904.99/month for tablets, $420.95 for 160 mL solution Standard Dose: Two tablets (200 mg lopinavir/50 mg ritonavir) twice a day or four 200/50 mg tablets once daily for people with less than three lopinavir resistance-related mutations, as shown on a resistance...
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Is Kaletra a good alternative to Sustiva?

I've had HIV for less than 18 months. CD4 = 409 (a slow decrease from 520 since the first test in January 2003). Viral load is 109,000 and has hovered around 100,000 copies since the first test. I've decided I want to start treatment and...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Since this is a marathon, not a sprint, bringing the viral load down quickly means little. Besides, Sustiva brings the viral load down quickly as well. Kaletra is 6 pills versus 1 for Sustiva, has more side effects, and is probably best taken twice... Read more »

Kaletra or Sustiva

Thank you again Dr Young. I will meet with the hospital pharmacist to ask more questions on the side effect of Sustiva before I make my decision to change from Kaletra. I was told there there is a lot of patient having cholesterol problems with...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.In general, more patients have significant increases with lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) than efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin). It's important to know that with any medication, a small fraction of patients develop side effects... Read more »

Sustiva, Combivir and Kaletra and side effects ?

My doctor has proposed to possible treatments. Trizivir and Sustiva or Combivir and kaletra. What are the side effects associated with these drugs ? My viral load is greater than 75000 and CD4 is 105. I have never been treated and I have never...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Treatment is a very good idea and those choices are good ones. A high percentage of patients starting either a Sustiva or Kaletra based regimen tolerated the drugs well over the frst year (maybe 10% can't tolerate them). For the Sustiva,... Read more »

RE: Sustiva and Kaletra

I just wanted to say that Emtriva has recently been released allowing for a 36 hour regimen rather then epivir 24 Hour, Also I have heard from a recent study that Viread seems to be better and accessing latent infected areas, Doctors dont know why...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Emtriva (emtricitabine, FTC) is similar to Epivir (lamivudine, 3TC) in its potency and like Epivir a single viral mutation, M184V, leads to high level resistance. Emtriva has a longer persistence in the body than Epivir and may be more forgiving (in... Read more »
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kaletra side effects

Posted by brendaelisa, 4 Replies
Does anybody knows if kaletra's side effect is excesive diharrea.

My cousin has hiv-type 1 and we are giving him Kaletra but it is giving him a masive diharrea and he got a cut on his rectum.

He has diabetes is 44 yeras old. and all this is new for us... Read more »

New Kaletra Formulation.....

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am looking at changing from Sustiva to Kaletra (My Nuke backbone is Truvada), however I have concerns about the side effect profile of Kaletra.
I hear that the newer formulation of Kaletra has less side effects that the old one - has anyone... Read more »


Posted by Got2Lift, 3 Replies
Next week I am begining monotherapy on Kaletra and have no idea of what to expect as far as how ill I will be form the meds. Please let me know any experiences you had with this med and how long they last. I would not be concerned however, I leave... Read more »

sustiva side effects

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
are you on sustiva? if so how long does the high feeling last...i've been on the drug for 4 weeks and still wake up daily feeling high, i have had to take a leave of abscence from work due to the side effedts, i want to try to hang in there, but... Read more »