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Author Topic: Viramune vs. Viramune XR  (Read 1589 times)

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Offline pozzitive

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Viramune vs. Viramune XR
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:57:10 AM »
I have been taking Viramune for almost 5 years now and just switched to Viramune XR tonight. I have always been a little phobic about "changing meds" and right after I took it tonight for te first time ( the one a daily dosage) I already felt like my arm was itching but of course 99% chances it is all in my head.

So now I am here, can't go to sleep because I want to stay up and "watch" how my body will reacts to it.

I hate that this makes me so nervous and alert.

Has anyone switched with no issues?





« Last Edit: October 04, 2011, 05:01:11 AM by pozzitive »
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Re: Viramune vs. Viramune XR
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011, 05:23:20 AM »
Hi Pozzi,
I don't think taking the XR is going to really make any difference.  The medication is the same, its just in an extended release option which means it releases throughout the day versus all at once.

I don't take the medication, so that is just a guess on my part. 
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Re: Viramune vs. Viramune XR
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2011, 05:28:38 AM »
Mikey,

I think you are right. I just panicked for a little.
I guess I just needed to hear what you just said.

You came to my rescue, awesome...

thankssssssss

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Re: Viramune vs. Viramune XR
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 02:22:18 AM »
I have been taking Viramune for almost 5 years now and just switched to Viramune XR tonight. I have always been a little phobic about "changing meds" and right after I took it tonight for te first time ( the one a daily dosage) I already felt like my arm was itching but of course 99% chances it is all in my head.

So now I am here, can't go to sleep because I want to stay up and "watch" how my body will reacts to it.

As Mikey said, Viramune XR is just an extended release form of Viramune.  Blood level concentrations should not spike up much higher than regular Viramune, it should just last longer (time-released).  That's the whole point of the "XR". 

The other point is that it allows the drug manufacturer to get a new patent on the "XR" version.   I believe Viramune's patent expires in May 2012, at which time generics can be made available at a much cheaper cost.  So Boehringer is now pushing doctors to prescribe the "XR" to protect their customer base (and profit base).  Personally, I can't wait for generic Viramune.    Even more exciting, the patent on Sustiva expires in 2013.  Bristol Myers Squibb must be shitting bricks on that one.

Hope you get a good night's sleep.  I'm not.   :-\

Henry
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