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Author Topic: Alternatives 2 Zerit d4t  (Read 2023 times)

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Offline healthiepoz

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Alternatives 2 Zerit d4t
« on: February 20, 2007, 07:13:06 PM »
Hello too all... sure is good to be here. I've been reading lots on "Zerit" over the past week or so and the information is alarming too me.. considering the side effects.

One article read was via a U.K. Britian site, stating that with the side effects of the medication, primarly with lipoatrophy, lipodystrophy, this medication should be discontinued should other t-ment options be available.

Suppose what I'm looking for is a subsutition for the Zerit.

I've been on this for yrs. and like lots of us really conserned with the lipoatrophy / lipodystrophy condition(s) it has created.

This past summer did resistant testing, and did a med change.. not the brightest thing to have done. Meds were in my "opinion" still working, viral load 100 or < and cd4 in the mid 400 - 500 + but had v.l. had been going up and down for a few yrs. so at the advice of Dr. changed. P

Previously, and for about 8 yrs. Viramune, Zerit, and Epivir, tollerated really well. Though I was becoming aware of the changes occuring too my body... face becoming hollow, veins popping, and the loss of butt... which for me up-setting.

So while doing research into treatment options for correction of noticed that Zerit is a really big offender of this disease of a disease. And wondering what your view are on this subject.

Thank you for your imput folks.


current meds, Zerit, Reyataz, Viread, and Norvir; viral load undetectable, cd4 580.

Offline gerry

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Re: Alternatives 2 Zerit d4t
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2007, 11:43:38 PM »
What was the result of the resistance test?  Why were you taken off Viramune and Epivir?  Were there resistant genotypes detected?  In general, Viread or Ziagen are suitable substitutes for Zerit, but what to mix them with would depend on whether or not resistant mutations have emerged. 

Offline healthiepoz

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Re: Alternatives 2 Zerit d4t
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2007, 06:37:36 AM »
Ahhhh, great question!! :-) Yes, there most defienty resistans, well that is what I was told... lol. And the reason I am in the process of returning to previous I.D. Dr.. Although he may agree with, I'd certainly feel much better having his opinion, and views. I trust him fully, unlike what I've been experiencing the past 4 yrs.. I'm going to assume... and that's not a good thing. However since current Dr. has kept me on the Zerit, I'm going to say the resistance to this was neg.. and feel the resistance was primarly in the area of (Viramune, and Epivir) since these 2 were discontinued. Was put on Kaletra, and I don't recall the other, and shame on me I don't have the medical report, to interpert. I've been going to a clinic, and each time I ask for copies of reports, labs, ect. seems they're just too busy to make copies, and staff is limited since the H.I.V. clinic is after-hours..lol. Alway's an excause, and just add's fule to the fire of getting away from their service. Previous Dr. is about 50 miles away, however piece of mind will make all the difference. So I am currently in the process of obtaining medical records to hand deliver on 3/12/07. I requested them on 2/7/07 and haven't heard anything as of yet, and starting to nail them to get it together, and give me the documentations. LOL they say it will cost me.. to have them copied, and my response is soooo what.. they're mine and I want them.. anyway thank you for the awesome question, replying, and the information regarding the medications.

Have a Great Day--- Unless you have other plans!!! :-)


Offline gerry

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Re: Alternatives 2 Zerit d4t
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007, 09:25:12 AM »
When you get copies of your records, let us know what resistant genotypes were detected.  Then, we can take it from there and figure out what alternative meds you could go on.


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