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Author Topic: Epzicom + Prezista + Norvir..any advice  (Read 1951 times)

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Offline nycpoz33

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Epzicom + Prezista + Norvir..any advice
« on: September 26, 2012, 04:44:14 PM »
My doctor recommended taking Epzicom, Prezista, and Norvir.  Id like to hear experiences people have had on this combo, whether good or bad.  I have an appointment next week to restart meds and my doctor recommended this combo or Epzicom + Reyataz but heard this combo can cause Jaundice.  Confused

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Re: Epzicom + Prezista + Norvir..any advice
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 02:14:57 AM »
Hi there. I was under this Combo .... It is easy to take (once a day) and works well. Yes reyataz raises bilirubine, therefor you may look tanned at first but it will slighly fade away.
I was switched out reyataz later because of crystals forming in my kidneys (a possible side effect, very rare but it happened .... to me :( ) otherwise I was very happy with it.

Feb   2009 CD4 358 VL 2000 16%
May  2009 CD4 305 VL 3069  14% <---- Started TVD+ATZ/r
Jul  2009 CD4 512 VL <50   18%
Jul 2010 CD4 418 VL <50 24%                     
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Norvir + Reyataz (due to sleep problem)
Aug 2010 CD4 606 VL <50 25%
Jul 2011 CD4 494 UD 23%
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Viramune XR (due to kidney problems)
January 2012 CD4 564 UD 31%
January 2013 CD4 594 UD 26%
Switched to Kivexa (Epzicom) + Isentress due to BIG increase GammaGT
Feb 2013 CD4 699 UD 28%
Aug 2014 CD4 639 UD 25%
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Re: Epzicom + Prezista + Norvir..any advice
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012, 07:42:47 AM »
I also had the same choices and I chose the Prezista combo (but with Truvada - my doctor doesn't want me on the abacavir in Epzicom). My doctor was happy with my choice, saying it tended to have fewer side-effects than the Reyataz combo. I've been on it for nearly twelve weeks and I'm very happy with it, with no side-effects. My VL went down from in the 30,000s to just 414 (which would have been UD only a few years ago) within six weeks of starting.

I had a bit of diarrhea in the first two weeks (likely from the Norvir) but it wasn't a big problem and it calmed down by week three. Other than that and the occasional nasty smelling Truvada farts, I'm side-effect free and feeling better than I have in years.

Good luck whichever combo you choose.
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