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Author Topic: Emtricitabine 200mg VS lamivudine 300mg  (Read 1113 times)

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Offline atripla_2013

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Emtricitabine 200mg VS lamivudine 300mg
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:59:50 AM »
Due to out of medicine stock, My doctor has just ask me to change the 3in1 pill:

From

[Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate - 300mg / Efavirenz 600mg / EMTRICITABINE 200mg]

To

[Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate - 300mg / Efavirenz 600mg / LAMIVUDINE 300mg]

So what is different between Emtricitabine 200mg VS lamivudine 300mg?

If someone know about this, please help to explain. Thank you

Male, 30
Diagnoised Jan 2013
Start Atripla June 2013
July.13: CD4: 351, VL: 85
May.13: CD4: 336, VL: 24100

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Re: Emtricitabine 200mg VS lamivudine 300mg
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 12:06:11 PM »
EMTRICITABINE aka FTC is a drug very similar to LAMIVUDINE aka 3TC. They are sister drugs, ie chemically very similar*, and therefore interchangeable. In practice one will work as well as each other.

- matt


* FTC has a flourine atom in it and 3TC does not
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Re: Emtricitabine 200mg VS lamivudine 300mg
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2013, 11:39:23 AM »
Hi newt and friends

Thank you for your advice.

As u advise: FTC and 3TC work the same in the practice but I concern that

 I already take in [Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate - 300mg / Efavirenz 600mg / EMTRICITABINE 200mg] for my first 70 days.

Now I am going to change to [Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate - 300mg / Efavirenz 600mg / LAMIVUDINE 300mg]

I feel a bit worry as changing drug is not good when I am working well with the current one.

How do you think about this change? Could it is better or not better?

(I dont like changing actually)
Male, 30
Diagnoised Jan 2013
Start Atripla June 2013
July.13: CD4: 351, VL: 85
May.13: CD4: 336, VL: 24100

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Re: Emtricitabine 200mg VS lamivudine 300mg
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2013, 11:46:46 AM »

How do you think about this change? Could it is better or not better?


I doubt very much you'll notice even the slightest difference.
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Re: Emtricitabine 200mg VS lamivudine 300mg
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2013, 09:44:50 PM »
Dear Ann,

What you mean by : "I doubt very much you'll notice even the slightest difference"?

Please help to advice.

with best regards

Yu
Male, 30
Diagnoised Jan 2013
Start Atripla June 2013
July.13: CD4: 351, VL: 85
May.13: CD4: 336, VL: 24100

Offline Ann

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Re: Emtricitabine 200mg VS lamivudine 300mg
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2013, 07:17:55 AM »
Dear Ann,

What you mean by : "I doubt very much you'll notice even the slightest difference"?

Please help to advice.

with best regards

Yu

I mean that when you switch from emtricitabine to lamivudine, I do not think you will notice anything different. You should feel the same. You should not experience any new side-effects.

They are very similar drugs. They are both equally effective.

You're going to be ok!
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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