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Author Topic: Taking 5 medications  (Read 2867 times)

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Offline CWD6474

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Taking 5 medications
« on: May 27, 2007, 06:00:21 PM »
Can you tell me if my doctor is a quack or not?  He wants me to start taking 5 (yes FIVE) medications. Has anyone of you all ever encountered this?  All information is greatly appreciated.

He now has me taking Viread,Lexiva,Combivir,and Norvir.

Due to the fact that my counts are pretty bad, he has also started me taking Bactrim.

As of 4/19/2007  VL-296,000  CD4-107

Any help would be great

Thanks :o :o
« Last Edit: May 27, 2007, 07:52:06 PM by CWD6474 »

Offline gerry

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Re: Taking 5 medications
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2007, 02:23:48 PM »
There may be some rationale for starting someone on more than the standard 3-medication combo.  For instance, if there is transmitted resistance picked up on baseline resistance testing, this may warrant an approach different from someone who does not have baseline resistance.  If it's just because of low CD4 and high viral load, there is generally no current evidence that starting on more than the standard 3-drug combination makes a difference in results achieved.  Having said that, there are drug combos that are less potent in individuals with very high baseline viral loads (such as Viramune-based combos).

The Norvir in your proposed combo does not count as an active drug because it is there just to boost the levels of Lexiva.  If you don't have baseline resistance, Lexiva/Norvir/Truvada may work just as well as the 4-drug combo being proposed.

Offline CWD6474

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Re: Taking 5 medications
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007, 07:10:39 PM »
Thanks for the insight.

I am going to give it a try, but already don't like the idea.


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