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December 15, 2013

I've been on the same HIV meds for a long time. Should I switch to newer HIV drugs?

Stuart Federman
Stuart Federman
Stuart D. Federman, PharmD, AAHIVP
Gateway Apothecary
Saint Louis, MO

There are many new HIV regimens with more on the way. The newest agent approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is Tivicay (dolutegravir), a once-a-day integrase inhibitor. Other meds on the horizon are a single tablet regimen containing Prezista (darunavir) and another containing Tivicay. All that said, I’m a very conservative treater. If your meds are working, and there aren’t any problems with them, then I don’t believe that you should change your regimen. The newer meds are usually more potent than their predecessors, usually with fewer side effects. However, all meds have risks for side effects.

Search: regimen, Tivicay, dolutegravir, Prezista, darunavir



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