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Which Is Better Viramune Or Intelence

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Brand name: Intelence Generic name: etravirine, or ETR Class: Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (non-nucleoside, NNRTI, or non-nuke) Manufacturer: Janssen Therapeutics, , (800) JANSSEN (526-7736) AWP: $1,033.99/month Standard Dose: One 200 mg tablet, or two 100 mg tablets, twice a day, with food. People unable to swallow pills can dissolve tablets in water. Take missed dose as soon as possible,...
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Prezista/R or Viramune?

Hi. I've been positive for 9 years and have been fortunate enough to never get an infection even though I've only taken meds the 1st 3 years. Then my CD4s went to 14 and VL 120K. Started boosted Reyetaz/Truvada. After 4 month CD4=128 and...
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
You are likely to have a great response from either a viramune or prezista containing regimen. However, it your doctor indicated that your virus has a K103N mutation, then viramune would likely be out. In addition, you might be more susceptible to a... Read more »


I started Intelence 9 days ago and now a have a bad rash over my body and head. I am using it along with prevista, nornir, and Intrepres(sp). I tried using susitva and viramun but broke out as well. I never stayed on those drugs but my Doctor wants...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
For most patients treatment with etravirine can be continued despite the rash with careful monitoring. Perhaps around 1- 2% of patients stop the drug due to rash. I have seen no data regarding safety or efficacy of corticosteroids for... Read more »


My doctor has just prescribed 4x100mg etravirine ONCE a day. I don't see this in the product leaflet or online desription, where 2x100 TWICE a day is recommended. I am very worried... Its Friday and I can't speak to him till Monday! What...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
You are correct, the standard dosing of etravirine is 200 mg twice daily. I would take it that way unless you can clarify it with your doctor. This would be especially true if your virus had any previous resistance to medicines such as efavirenz... Read more »

What type of meal with Intelence?

I have been on Intelence for about a year along with other meds. Does the meal before taking Intelence need to be a certain composition? I like eating a light salad for dinner. Should I be aware of the calorie/fat content?Dennis...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

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

North Shore University Hospital
Dennis,Thanks for your question. Taking Intelence with food increases its absorption from the stomach so that it can get a better blood level to be effective in killing the HIV. The type of meal was not specified in the studies done..patients were... Read more »
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Day 38 of Truvada / Viramune

Posted by Augustus, 2 Replies
Reached undetectable in 30 days. I was ecstatic to hear that. Only minor side effects, like a moderate fever for four days after starting the HAART regimen... and twice vomited for no reason. Never do that normally. Had to be the body adjusting... Read more »

Started TRUVADA and VIRAMUNE last night at 6pm

Posted by Augustus, 3 Replies
This is my first experience with fighting my HIV infection that I was diagnosed with on July 1 2005. So far, everything seems normal, even a wee bit better than normal as I feel a great weight lifting. I have agonized over starting meds for 2... Read more »

Isentress and Intelence side effects

Posted by nevereasy, 2 Replies
Anyone taking these two drugs together? One or the other?. I seem to be extremely fatigued and weak. Additionally I am off balance also have a marked increase in my need to take a lorazapam ( anti anxiety) . Anybody else have any of these problems? ... Read more »


Posted by laguy38v, 2 Replies
Hi has anyone had a rash because of it and if so did it finally go away?
I have a horrible rash after 8 days and my Doctor wants me to stay on it with the hope it will go away.
Thank you for any information. Read more »