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Author Topic: first day on meds, anyone taking same combo?  (Read 1586 times)

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Offline singboi

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first day on meds, anyone taking same combo?
« on: May 19, 2007, 10:37:42 AM »
started first dose today. Viramune + Combivir. anyone taking same combo? how bout the side effects? nurse said rashes are very common.

poz since 14 Feb 2007
22 Mar             CD4 223     22%
10 May             CD4 230    19%
started Viramune + Combivir

Offline Blixer

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Re: first day on meds, anyone taking same combo?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2007, 01:32:31 PM »
Rashes can be common when first starting many of the HIV combos.  Just watch for them.  Usually the side effects are relatively minor but everyone reacts differently.  Most side effects resolve in a few days to a couple of weeks.  If they are bothersome, contact your doctor.  And many people have virtually no side effects at all.  So here is hoping that you are one of those!  Best of luck!
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: first day on meds, anyone taking same combo?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2007, 03:25:43 PM »
Hi there,

I am on Viramune, and one component of Combivir( the 3-tc ---Epivir ) Since you started your doses today, you should be taking only one Viramune, per day right now. Viramune can be taken with or without food. I prefer eating something light , after my meds.

After the break-in period of 14 days, one Viramune is then taken twice a day 12 hours apart.

Combivir, can also be taken with or without food, and is taken twice a day.

Make sure to drink plenty of water ( this doesn't mean to drown yourself !!)

I have had no problem with Viramune or 3 -TC. I started on those back in October of 2003, and remain on them still. As far as reactions to these meds, I didn't have any rashes at all. But if problems occur, make sure to bring this to the attention of your doctor.

Make sure you understand your meds ;

Viramune :


Combivir :


Good luck to you-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.


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