Combination Therapy »

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If you do start HIV therapy, this will almost certainly be in the form of a combination Regimen of 3 or more drugs.  This Combination therapy is sometimes referred to as ‘HAART’ (Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy) or just ‘ART’ (Anti-Retroviral Therapy).  Giving HIV drugs in combination in this manner adds to the power of the regimen and also helps to prevent viral Resistance from developing.  This will in turn help to ensure that the medication provides complete …

Starting Therapy »

… and work through them to give you as much choice as possible.

Different drugs require different regimens (what combination, when and with what they can be taken). It may not be possible to get a perfect combination that fits in with all aspects of your lifestyle; that is, one that makes everything easy for you. It becomes a trade-off of what you are prepared to lose or give up and what you are not. Do not allow yourself to be rushed into accepting a particular drug combination. Ask what …

Choosing a Combination »

… difficult for you.

Choose a combination that you can take correctly

Adhering to the complex regimens of any combination of anti-HIV drugs is difficult, but essential for the long-term success of that therapy. It is useful to work out how many pills you will be taking in your combination, what times they have to be taken, which may be different from your previous combination, and what dietary instructions you will need to follow.

Choose a combination that fits with other drugs you …

Taking the Drugs »

Whether you are taking your first regimen or have had to change to another, combination therapy based on three or more drugs will bring many changes to your daily routine.

Sticking to a timetable of taking drugs every day, being careful about when and what you eat with your drugs, regular visits to an HIV clinic for medical check-ups and blood tests, and the possibility of experiencing side effects can all get in the way …

When to Change »

… be low in some patients because of an individual’s physiology and not their adherence to the regimen. The therapy is not failing because of the development of drug-resistant HIV, but because the drugs are being absorbed at a rate different from that in other people. This can be straightforwardly investigated by drug level monitoring and may avoid the necessity of changing the drug combination. Dose adjustment may be all that is necessary.