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Author Topic: combivir-Dr says:stick with it  (Read 1440 times)

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Offline Peacock

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combivir-Dr says:stick with it
« on: April 25, 2012, 01:08:51 PM »
Hi All,
here are the reason I wanted to change my meds:
I believe that combivir is outdated.It was great as my first treatment to get Viral load down and Cd4 up. But now there are newer drugs on the market that dont use AZT. I wanted to swap to the newer NNRTI drugs before the AZT causes problems.
(If Im wrong about the AZT then plse correct me because it will make me feel better about taking it.)
Ive been on Combivir and Viramune (Nevirapine) for about 8 years, my viral load remained undetectable, Cd4 is 497 , cd4 % is 30.10
My Dr said that unless Im experiencing side effects-I must just stay on the Combivir, because changing meds could result in Resistance, or side effects from the new meds. i know she's making sense, but i still feel like an ostrich with its head in the sand...ignoring the fact that Im on Combivir- a drug most people like to avoid.
Im just venting my frustration, this is a great place!
Thanks folks!
Diagnosed 07/01/2002
Started Haart- 25/11/04 Cd4: 205 VL: 76'500
                      19/12/08 Cd4: 623 VL: UD
      26/03/12 Cd4: 497 Cd4%: 30.10 VL: UD
Combivir and Nevirapine(200mg) x1 of each-Am & pm
Not changed Meds since starting on HAART
Green Tea,Multivit,Selenium ACE,Folic acid,Vit C,Aciclovir 200mg 5x per day for 3 days-(ONLY when I have Shingles!)
100 percent adherence-with the help of a wristwatch!

Offline newt

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Re: combivir-Dr says:stick with it
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 06:16:37 PM »
I must just stay on the Combivir, because changing meds could result in Resistance

Rubbish. A seamless change will not lead to resistance.

As for side effects, more modern drugs tend to have less than the AZT in Combivir. Long term it will be better to be off AZT.

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


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