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Who Should Take Kivexa

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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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Kivexa effects

I know of one Canadian study where a person had severe mood swings when they started taking Kivexa, they had no previous history of this before taking Kivexa, and refused to go back on Kivexa after a 3 month period. Has anyone experienced moodswings...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Kivexa is the combination of abacavir + lamivudine known as Epzicom in the US. I have not observed mood swings attributable to Kivexa/Epzicom in the large number of patients at our HIV clinic that are taking that drug. If any reader has had that... Read more »

kivexa + reyataz +norvir

i would take separate norvir and reyataz whit food at 12.00 when i eat and take kivexa before i go sleeping, i prefer to have less side effet. since i begin whit reyataz and norvir my cd 4 go up in 3 months at 370.. Before with susitva and kivexa...
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 can either take separately or take together the kivexa with reyataz/norvir. The kivexa can be taken with meals, and the reyataz should be. I am not sure I can estimate the kcals, but a good meal (breakfast or lunch) should suffice.... Read more »

Kivexa and Stocrin at the same time

Hi Dr. Young, I will be from the next month with Kivexa and Stocrin (one pill of each per day) and I wonder if I can ask your for a second opinion: could I take both at the same time, at the same hour? Would it be ok to do that? Thank you very much....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.Absolutely. You can take both Kivexa (Epzicom) and Stocrin at the same time.Be well,BY... Read more »

kivexa + kaletra

Hi !I started taking kivexa instead of combivir 3 weeks ago. I feel like I am getting a rush on my hands and legs, but only when I scratch myself. Could it be because of the medication is too strong for my body and I need some time to adjust or am I...
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
It is possible you could be having a reaction to the kivexa (particularly the abacavir in that product). I suggest you contact your doctor and let him know what is going on.... Read more »
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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 »

About to start treatment!

Posted by hivstudent, 1 Reply
I have been positive for 2 years now, and my counts are a bit less than 400 Doctor has decided to put me on meds. And recommended that I take Kivexa and Insentress! I have tried googling but I could not find much info on this cocktail! I would... Read more »

HIV medication and antihistamines

Posted by Mark100, 1 Reply
Hey Guys,
my summer allergies are really starting to act up and I was wondering if anyone knows if over the counter allergy medications react with hiv medications. I'm taking Kivexa and Issentress and the antihistamine I have wanted to take has the... Read more »

Elevated liver enzymes.

Posted by Mark100, 1 Reply
Hey guys I just have a question regarding elevated liver enzymes. I contracted hiv in early December of last year and ever since my liver enzymes have been elevated. I don't drink except the occasional drink on the weekends, I don't smoke or do... Read more »