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Which Is Better Combivir Or Epzicom

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Combivir

Brand name: Combivir Generic name: lamivudine/zidovudine, or 3TC/AZT Class: Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (nucleoside, NRTI, or nuke) -- fixed dose combination Manufacturer: ViiV Healthcare, www.viivhealthcare.com , (877) 844-8872 AWP: $1,081.70/month Standard Dose: One tablet (150 mg lamivudine/300 mg zidovudine) twice a day (12 hours apart), with or without food, with no dietary restrictions. Take missed dose as...
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epzicom/sustiva or combivir/sustiva

Hi Dr. Young! I am 37, have been HIV positive for about 2 years and had continuously drop in cd4 cells, now 345 and my doctor wants me to start treatment. He offers 2 possible treatment epzicom(here kivexa)/sustiva(here stocrin) or combivir/sustiva...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for your post.First off, I'd agree that if your willing and able to be adherent to medications, with a CD4 count around 350, it would be best to consider treatment.Both Epzicom (Kivexa) and Combivir are... Read more »

Epzicom - Combivir

Years ago, I failed on a combination of meds that included Combivir. Then, I went on Ziagen/Viramune/Videx and it worked for me for 10 years. Now, my doctor is recommending Epzicom/Isentress (he wants to get me off Videx to cut down on...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question. It may indeed be the case that your virus had picked up a resistance mutation to epivir, it would be the most common mutation on a treatment failure that included combivir. Also, there are some zidovudine (also part of... Read more »

Combivir change to Kivexa (Epzicom)

Hi. I took Combivir together with Sustiva for 3 1/2 years, virus load undetectable almost immediatly CD4 always around 250, but the last year around 700. I do a lot of sports (triathlon), and noticed that during a big effort (biking), my muscles...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. There is evidence that AZT has more long-term mitochondrial toxicity than the abacavir (Ziagen) which is in Kivexa (Epzicom). Since mitochondria are the energy producing units of the cell, it makes sense to switch in a... Read more »

Changing from Epzicom+Prezista+Norvir to Combivir+Sustiva

Hi, doctor.It's me again. I previously posted here about my partner being prescribed with Atripla, Trizivir and Viread by his primary doctor when he was admitted to the hospital. After he was discharged, he was finally able to visit an HIV...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and good to hear back from you.Good to hear that you're partner is now on a more conventional regimen. The current regimen is one of the current US Department of Health and Human Service Guideline "alternate" ranked ones- and... Read more »
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Cost of Combivir (Duovir) and Cost of efavirenz(Sustiva) in Canada

Posted by raj1984, 1 Reply
Hey pals this is urgent , I need to know the cost of Combivir and Sustiva in Ontario (CANADA) . Please quote the price of Brand and not Generic . This is very urgent I am need to submit to immigration lawyer. Read more »

Switching from Combivir to Truvada???

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I started Combivir/Sustiva a year ago. I've had great results. VL undetected. My 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... Read more »

Combivir & AM Sickness

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Is anyone taking Combivir getting "morning" sickness. Since I have been taking this drug I have been experiencing nausea and vomiting in the morning as soon as I get up. It usually gets better by 9am, but isn't a pleasant thing to wake up to in... Read more »

First Regimen = Sustiva + Combivir + Kaletra?

Posted by placation, 4 Replies
Hey guys (and gals). I am sure this has been addressed in some other post through some other thread in the past, but it would take forever to try to find those messages. So, here's my question and my issues...

My doc subscribed Sustiva + Combivir +... Read more »