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Offline stupot

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Running out of meds
« on: November 28, 2020, 11:08:58 pm »
Hi,

I am in Thailand and will run out of Triumeq in about 10 days. Iíve been taking it for 4 years and my VL load is undetectable and Iíve had no adverse effects. Normally Iíd get my meds sent out here 1 month at a time but that might cease

I intended to buy 3 months supply of Genvoya from the Thai Red Cross in Bangkok but the pharmacist told me itís now possible to get generic versions of Abacavir 600/ Lamivudine 300 plus Dolutegravir 50 for a total of 1650 baht.

I would like to go with the generics of while I am in Thailand (maybe 1 more year) as it is the cheapest option- money is tight at the moment. Basically, what Iíd like to know is

a. Are generics (made by Mylan, btw) effective?
b. When I go back to the UK will I be able to start taking Triumeq again (meds are free in the UK)

Any thoughts much appreciated.

Regards

Stupot

Offline Mindless

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Re: Running out of meds
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2020, 12:18:46 am »
Hi,

I live in Thailand, here is my opinion:

a) I've been taking Mylan generic Truvada for years and ever since been UD. I'd say they're completely equivalent to the original. Thai Red Cross, which sells them, is a trusted gvt entity. If you have your blood tests with you, I think you can use them to buy, otherwise get blood tests at Red Cross, they're cheap.

b) I'm not originally from UK but I can't see any reasons why you shouldn't: if you take Triumeq here, why you shouldn't be able to get it in UK (assuming you're a UK resident, I guess)?

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« Last Edit: November 29, 2020, 12:28:49 am by Mindless »

Offline stupot

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Re: Running out of meds
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2020, 12:33:28 am »
Hi Mindless

Thanks very much. Thatís very reassuring. I am from the UK and should be able to get Triumeq when I return.



Stupot

Offline Mindless

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Re: Running out of meds
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2020, 12:45:19 am »
You're welcome,

please note you may need a prescription by a dr to buy meds at Red Cross. If you don't have one then you can get it at a private hospital. I think you can also get it at Red Cross but I'm not aware of the procedure.

Offline stupot

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Re: Running out of meds
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2020, 12:59:25 am »
I am going to the Bangkok Christian Hospital on Tuesday to get a prescription. The doc is pretty good.

Offline Fareast4116

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Re: Running out of meds
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2020, 01:00:42 am »
My efavirenz 200mg are from Mylan dispensed by my government sponsored pharmacy. They are reliable.

Offline Mindless

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Re: Running out of meds
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2020, 01:19:58 am »
I am going to the Bangkok Christian Hospital on Tuesday to get a prescription. The doc is pretty good.

Excellent. Last thing: they have a rigid lunch break at Thai Red Cross, I think it's between 12.00 and 13.00 but you better check as my memory is not super. Anyways, much better to avoid.

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Re: Running out of meds
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2020, 01:44:08 am »
Hiya,

Welcome to the forum, sorry to hear money is tight and you may need to switch meds.

Asides from the problems with your supply of meds how are you getting on?

Quote
a. Are generics (made by Mylan, btw) effective?
b. When I go back to the UK will I be able to start taking Triumeq again (meds are free in the UK)

Can't think of any obvious reasons why you could not switch back after taking another combo for the planned year and if the meds are true generics than the active ingredients are same.

The UK has moved towards generic meds where possible as well to save costs.

Last time I checked to save costs they switched to efavirenz-based treatment options as first-line for some regions in the UK. DTG based combos are no longer preferred, however, still available.

Best, Jim

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Offline stupot

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Re: Running out of meds
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2020, 05:41:57 am »
Hi Jim

Thanks the welcome. Iíve been lurking for a while and found the site extremely useful.

By and large , prior to covid, Iíve been ok although the last year has been difficult- I never knew I was such a good drinker :D but thankfully the infection rates are very low here in Thailand.

Cheers

Stupot

 


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