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Author Topic: help with my meds  (Read 2058 times)

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Offline lifechanging2007

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help with my meds
« on: February 05, 2007, 03:10:59 PM »
I have been researching about the best drugs available to start treatment. but unfortunately i am in a third world country (lebanon) where medication is really expensive and the only meds available by the ministry of health are Zidovudine, Nevirapine and saquinavir.
I learned that these are the primitave drugs that were used in the 90s and have several bad side effects can anyone tell me about these drugs
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Offline gerry

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Re: help with my meds
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2007, 02:56:30 AM »

Sorry to hear about the situation you are in.  It's unusual not to see Lamivudine in this list.  If Lamivudine is available, this can be combined with Zidovudine and Nevirapine, which is a standard first line combo in most resource-poor countries.  Otherwise, you really could not create a good combo out of those meds.  Saquinavir should not be used without low-dose Ritonavir to boost it, so if Ritonavir is not available, that drug is pretty much useless.


Offline aztecan

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Re: help with my meds
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2007, 10:30:20 AM »
I agree with Gerry,

Adding Epivir (Laumivudine) to the Retrovir (Zidovudine) and the Nevirapine would be a good combo.

Unfortunately, Invirase (Saquinavir) isn't an option without a Norvir boost. Originally, it was strong enough to be taken without the boost, but the side effects were really bad and they reforumlated it in the late 90s, I think, to allow lower doses boosted by Norvir.

Also, Nevirapine can cause the levels of Saquinavir to be decreased in the bloodstream. That would mean either upping the dose of Saquinavir or, once again, boosting it.

Are there no other nukes available that could be combined with the AZT and Nevirapine?

I wish I could be more help. Let us know what you find out.


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Offline newt

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Re: help with my meds
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007, 05:13:20 AM »
The Lebanese Ministry of Health lists the following anti-HIV drugs as available:


lopinavir/r (Kaletra)

stavudine (d4T, try and avoid this if possible)

Lebanese Ministry of Health HIV programme

Access ain't gonna be straightforward, but a good combo (eg nevirapine or Kaltetra + lamivudine + didanosine or zidovudine) is possible.

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« Last Edit: February 08, 2007, 05:19:19 AM by newt »
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