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Author Topic: Combivir and storcin combo  (Read 4392 times)

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Offline Bphun

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Combivir and storcin combo
« on: December 10, 2008, 10:57:39 AM »

I just started this week on combivir and storcin. Any thoughts about it

Thanks for the help

Offline allanq

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Re: Combivir and storcin combo
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2008, 03:03:59 PM »
Long-term use of AZT (a component of Combivir) is a major cause of lipoatrophy--loss of fat in the face, limbs, and butt. If I were you, I would ask my doctor about substituting Truvada for Combivir.

In the U.S., Stocrin is called Sustiva. So it sounds like you're not in the U.S. I hope there are alternatives to Combivir available where you live.


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Offline aztecan

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Re: Combivir and storcin combo
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2008, 12:00:21 AM »
Hey Bphun,

Allan is partly correct when he states the AZT component of Combivir could cause lipoatrophy.

But the worst culprit in that class of drug is Zerit, also known as D4T.

If you are concerned about lipoatrophy or hyperlipidemia, you may to talk to your doctor about this.

But, also keep in mind, many of the other HIV meds also have similar side effects in some people, but that not all people develop these side effects.

I know someone who has taken AZT for years and never developed any side effects from it. I, on the other hand, have had some issues with lipoatrophy and liphypertrophy, However, those side effects could be from the AZT, or the Crixivan I took for years.

I have never had a side effect from the 3TC (Epivir) component of Combivir. But I knew someone who had a terrible time with it. His side effects were so severe, he had to switch meds.

The bottom line is not everyone has side effects.

So, talk with your doc if you are concerned, but don't panic and remember not everyone has problems with them.



« Last Edit: December 11, 2008, 12:09:17 AM by aztecan »
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Offline Bphun

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Re: Combivir and storcin combo
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2008, 10:18:37 AM »
Hey Allan and Mark

Thanks for taking the time. Yes, I am in Hungary and I have the feeling that we have a limited range of medications available, although I have not asked yet.

Are there any test you can do to see if you will get the lipo or not?



Offline aztecan

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Re: Combivir and storcin combo
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2008, 10:58:33 AM »
Hey J,

No, there are no tests for lipo as far as I know.

From my own experience, it took several years before the lipoatrophy showed up. That was the loss of fat in the face and limbs.

The lipohypertrophy, the hump, etc., showed up years later when I gained a bit of weight after quitting smoking. I was very thin prior to that, so maybe that just prevented it. I really don't know.

If your choice of meds is limited, you at least have some of the very effective ones at your disposal. Whether that will cause lipo or not will be up to your body, I'm afraid.

Let me know how things go.



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