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Author Topic: Multi-purpose meds  (Read 1673 times)

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Offline BM

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Multi-purpose meds
« on: January 20, 2009, 06:33:07 PM »
(I don't know if this is the right area to post this question; please move it if not.)

Given that most HIV medications work by targeting viral enzymes, I was wondering if there were any drugs in development that target more than one enzyme at a time, e.g a drug that could inhibit both integrase and protease. What would such a drug mean for treatment and resistance?

Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Multi-purpose meds
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2009, 12:40:23 PM »
No, there doesn't exist a single antiretroviral that targets the virus in more than one way.  However, there are combo pills that include two or three antiretrovirals built into one pill.  The most commonly used combo pill is Atripla (click to read all about it).

Offline BM

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Re: Multi-purpose meds
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2009, 12:40:40 PM »
This was the kind of thing I was thinking about but unable to describe in a coherent way!


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Re: Multi-purpose meds
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 05:00:35 AM »
There are new single pill meds that are currently in development and trial units going on today and hopefully will be available very soon.  Could be as early as next year.  These are working for guys who have developed resistance to the drugs now available.  New trials are taking place all of the time for new meds and for people who have never been on meds and those that are newly positive.

Ones like the one discussed in your article i can imagine are definitely being worked on.

Give it time.


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