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Hydroxyurea -- Ever More Fascinating!

The AIDS/HIV treatment pipeline is simply full of surprises. Hydroxyurea, a relatively powerful experimental treatment for HIV, has managed to steal the spotlight from the ever-mighty protease inhibitors and continues to baffle even the most jaded re...

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New Expanded Access Drugs for Use in Combination Therapy

These drugs are only available through expanded access programs. Therefore, they are experimental drugs and information about their best use, drug interactions and safety is limited.September 1998SUSTIVA/EfavirenzZIAGEN/AbacavirPREVEON/AdefovirW...

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Ribavirin Approved With a Big Fat Price

On June 3rd, Schering-Plough announced that they had received FDA approval to market a combination of ribavirin and interferon alpha for the treatment of hepatitis C. This approval was granted for people with hepatitis C, who had previously responded...

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Hey! You CAN Eat With Crixivan

According to Merck (the company who makes the stuff), you can take Crixivan with certain foods. We found this out thanks to Liv, a wonderful colleague of ours. Glad they finally told us.

It's best to take Crixivan on an empty stomach. The emptier yo...

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Hepatitis ABC Chart

Hepatitis ChartHepatitis AHepatitis BHepatitis CHow do you get it?Hep A is passed between people through rimming (anal-oral sex), dirty plates, and glasses. "Employees must wash hands before returning to work", or outbreaks in the water supply. Most ...

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NAC Info Sheet

What Is It Really?

NAC (N- acetylcysteine) is a derivative of the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine. In the United States, NAC is available by prescription as an aerosol drug (similar to aerosolized pentamidine) to treat bronchitis. NAC is als...

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1592: Where Are You? People With AIDS Demand Real Expanded Access for Glaxo's New AIDS Drug 1592

What is 1592?

Glaxo's new drug, 1592, may be as strong as some of the protease inhibitors. It's from a different family of AIDS drugs, called nucleosides. For people who have taken all the AIDS drugs -- 1592 may be their only hope.

GLAXO'S Underwhe...

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Vitamins & Supplements

Ribavirin Info Sheet

What Is It, Really?

Ribavirin was one of the first antiviral drugs ever discovered. It is approved in the United States in an aerosol form for the treatment of a severe lung infection (RSV) in infants. It is being studied in combination with ddI as ...

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Warning: Ritonavir and Ecstasy

Taking Ecstasy while you are on Ritonavir (a protease inhibitor made by Abbott, also called Norvir) can be dangerous, because of how the two drugs Interact. For some people, this interaction might be fatal.

One reason: Ritonavir increases how much E...

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Vitamins & Supplements

Oral Amphotericin B Info Sheet

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Oral amphotericin B (Fungilin) has been approved in most European countries for decades. It's used as a treatment and prophylaxis for a variety of oral and GI fungal infections, including oral thrush. In the United States, only an intrav...