Hatguy52
Hello  I have been hearing a lot of different talk about how HIV might be more protected If we are taking our meds Everyday and stay undetectable ..... but also I was wondering if that is true and if Brand Names are Better than the generic Brands,,,,, and has there been studies around this yet ,,,, I heard there where some done and wondering what the outcomes of that was. and if one of those trails included Atripla. So a few questions in there but all ineresting ones... so are we high risk or low because of the medications being brand name or generic and if that makes a differences.  etc 
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry.

Taking medications routinely is a proven and effective way of staying undetectable so you are correct in hearing that. The only real difference between generic and brand name medications is the composition of their inactive ingredients. The active antiretroviral medication is the same in regards to the dosage, intended use, side effects, risks, safety and strength. In terms of studies comparing brand and generic antiretroviral medications, this one study here was a matched-cohort study that followed patients taking branded versions of lamivudine, zidovudine/lamivudine or efavirenz who were then switched to the generic versions and followed for one year. There was no evidence of reduced efficacy or increased toxicity after switching from the brand to the generic medication. There should be no increased risk using brand or generic medications.

Thank you,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shawn

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