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Author Topic: Please give the advise  (Read 2922 times)

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Offline winter

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Please give the advise
« on: March 30, 2010, 03:41:32 AM »
Hello everyone. I'm going to start ARV treatment next month. But there is not Emtriva that available in my country so is it safe for me to start EFV+ 3TC+TDF? Look forward to hearing from all friends on the forum. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Please give the advise
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2010, 07:35:46 AM »
That's a very close combination to what is in Atripla, which is one of the most often used starting combo's out there.  The only difference is that Atripla uses FTC instead of 3TC.  But FTC and 3TC are quite like each other, so you will probably have similar experiences to people starting Atripla.

It is usually very successful at fighting the virus.  It does have some side effects that are pretty common for the first few days though.  You might want to read the lessons for starting Sustiva (EFV) and check out some of the Atripla threads on here.


5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%
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Re: Please give the advise
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2010, 05:57:03 PM »
Whatever Dr Gallant says, yes it's safe. If you want to be belt and braces, do the 3TC bit 2 x day until you are undetectable (viral load under 50 copies).

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

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Re: Please give the advise
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2010, 06:05:13 PM »
Whatever Dr Gallant says, yes it's safe.

He didn't say it wasn't.

Offline winter

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Re: Please give the advise
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2010, 11:32:26 AM »
That's mean it's safe or not?

Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: Please give the advise
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2010, 12:15:09 PM »
That's mean it's safe or not?

Yes, it is safe.

Offline winter

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Re: Please give the advise
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2010, 02:49:43 AM »
Thank you very much for your encouragement. I'm planning for it now :)


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