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Author Topic: QUESTION ABOUT AZT+3TC+EFV  (Read 2656 times)

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Offline metroid

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QUESTION ABOUT AZT+3TC+EFV
« on: July 11, 2006, 02:56:59 AM »
Hi .. i live put of the us ... and in a small country.. this is the only regimen they have for now.. since and it uses the generic pills..


if not resistant.. and adherent.... and presenting no problems.. how long it is proved to be a benefit ?


whats the average life of its effectivness ?


sorry for the ignorance.. and thanks again..



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Re: QUESTION ABOUT AZT+3TC+EFV
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2006, 03:45:18 AM »
There is no way of saying exactly how long a drug regimen will benefit a patient. This is unfortunate. We all want answers, neat and clear answers. I'm afraid I can't give you one. There are many factors involved.

First, the bad stuff: there can be possible resistance (as you mentioned), side effects, you could have a strong strain of the virus, which attacks the immune system more strongly. Now the good news: AZT+3TC+EFV is an excellent combo, tried and tested -- in fact it's on the US government's list of "preferred" drug regimens. So you're taking excellent drugs. Seriously. Nearly three years after after starting AZT/3TC/EFV, the average (median) increase in CD4 counts -- an important way to determine your immune system's health -- increased by 300, with fewer side effects than other therapies. That's good news.

Many people continue to live normal lives for many, many years on their first triple-drug regimen. And then, should you develop problems, more drugs will be available as generics. So, don't worry about the future just yet.I would go about my life as before (well, having safe sex), living healthy, and enjoying each day.

If there are any questions you have, or if I've used terms that are unfamiliar, please write back.

Jay
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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Re: QUESTION ABOUT AZT+3TC+EFV
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2006, 06:33:32 AM »
I'm locking this thread as the original poster has not tested positive.
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