Talking openly with your doctor can help you find an HIV-1 regimen that is best for you. Here are some questions to take to your next appointment to help get the conversation started.
GENERAL QUESTIONS TO ASK · Can starting HIV-1 treatment help my immune system? If so, how? · Is taking HIV-1 medicines enough to treat my HIV? · How can taking HIV-1 medicines benefit me? · Can I take my medication whenever I want? · Do I have to take my medication with food? · I take medicine for other conditions. Can I still take Temixys as my HIV medication?
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS TO ASK IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON AN HIV-1 TREATMENT: · If the new one isn’t working, can I go back to my previous medication after I change HIV-1 medication? · Will starting a new HIV-1 medicine affect my viral load? · How is this new HIV-1 treatment different from the medication I am currently taking? · Do other HIV-1 medicines need to be taken with or without food? · How would changing my HIV-1 medicines impact the other medicines I’m taking? · What side effects can I expect?
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS TO ASK IF YOU’RE STARTING HIV-1 TREATMENT: · Will taking HIV-1 medicine cure me? · What are the benefits and risks of starting HIV-1 treatment? · Will treatment affect my lifestyle? · What should I do if I find it difficult to take my HIV-1 medicines? · If I notice changes in my health while taking my HIV-1 medicines, what should I do? · If I have any side effects, what should I do? · If I start taking other medicines in addition to my HIV-1 medicines, what should I do? · How should I take my HIV-1 medicines? · Can I still give HIV-1 to others even after starting medicine? · Are there any resources to help me deal with having HIV-1? · What do I do if I become pregnant? · In addition to starting and staying on treatment, what can I do to live a healthy life with HIV-1?
Your healthcare provider is committed to being your partner in health.
Download the discussion guide for questions that may help get the conversation started.
What is the most important information I should know about TEMIXYS™?
TEMIXYS can cause serious side effects, including:
Worsening of hepatitis B infection. If you have Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, your HBV may get worse (flare-up) if you stop taking TEMIXYS. A “flare-up” is when your HBV infection suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Your healthcare provider will test you for HBV infection before you start treatment with TEMIXYS.
Use with interferon and ribavirin-based regimens. Worsening of liver disease that has caused death has happened in people infected with HIV-1 and hepatitis C virus who were taking antiretroviral medicines for HIV-1 and were also being treated for hepatitis C with interferon alfa with or without ribavirin. If you are taking TEMIXYS and interferon with or without ribavirin, tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms.
What are the possible side effects of TEMIXYS?
TEMIXYS may cause serious side effects, including:
Risk of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Children may be at risk for developing pancreatitis during treatment with TEMIXYS if they: o have taken nucleoside analogue medicines in the past o have a history of pancreatitis o have other risk factors for pancreatitis Call your healthcare provider right away if your child develops signs and symptoms of pancreatitis including severe upper stomach-area pain, with or without nausea and vomiting. Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop giving TEMIXYS to your child if their symptoms and blood test results show that your child may have pancreatitis.
New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure.Your healthcare provider may do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TEMIXYS. Tell your healthcare provider if you get signs and symptoms of kidney problems, including bone pain that does not go away or worsening bone pain, pain in your arms, hands, legs or feet, broken (fractured) bones, muscle pain or weakness.
Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV-1 medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Tell your healthcare provider if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV-1 medicine.
Bone problems can happen in some people who take TEMIXYS. Bone problems include bone pain, softening or thinning (which may lead to fractures). Your healthcare provider may need to do additional tests to check your bones. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any bone pain, pain in your hands or feet, or muscle pain or weakness during treatment with TEMIXYS.
The most common side effects of TEMIXYS include:
rash / headache / pain / diarrhea / depression
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of TEMIXYS. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before you take TEMIXYS, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
have liver problems, including hepatitis B or C virus infection.
have kidney problems, including end-stage renal disease (ESRD) that requires dialysis.
have bone problems, including a history of bone fractures.
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TEMIXYS may harm your unborn baby.
Pregnancy Registry. There is a pregnancy registry for women who take TEMIXYS during pregnancy. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about how you can take part in this registry.
are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take TEMIXYS.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some medicines interact with TEMIXYS. TEMIXYS may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how TEMIXYS works. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that interact with TEMIXYS.
Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take TEMIXYS with other medicines.
You should not take TEMIXYS if you also take: