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Trizivir (Abacavir Sulfate / Lamivudine / Zidovudine) - Summary



Hypersensitivity Reactions: Serious and sometimes fatal hypersensitivity reactions have been associated with abacavir sulfate, a component of TRIZIVIR. Hypersensitivity to abacavir is a multi-organ clinical syndrome usually characterized by a sign or symptom in 2 or more of the following groups: (1) fever, (2) rash, (3) gastrointestinal (including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain), (4) constitutional (including generalized malaise, fatigue, or achiness), and (5) respiratory (including dyspnea, cough, or pharyngitis). Discontinue TRIZIVIR as soon as a hypersensitivity reaction is suspected.

Patients who carry the HLA-B*5701 allele are at high risk for experiencing a hypersensitivity reaction to abacavir. Prior to initiating therapy with abacavir, screening for the HLA-B*5701 allele is recommended; this approach has been found to decrease the risk of hypersensitivity reaction. Screening is also recommended prior to reinitiation of abacavir in patients of unknown HLA-B*5701 status who have previously tolerated abacavir. HLA-B*5701-negative patients may develop a suspected hypersensitivity reaction to abacavir; however, this occurs significantly less frequently than in HLA-B*5701-positive patients.

Regardless of HLA-B*5701 status, permanently discontinue TRIZIVIR if hypersensitivity cannot be ruled out, even when other diagnoses are possible.

Following a hypersensitivity reaction to abacavir, NEVER restart TRIZIVIR or any other abacavir-containing product because more severe symptoms can occur within hours and may include life-threatening hypotension and death.

Reintroduction of TRIZIVIR or any other abacavir-containing product, even in patients who have no identified history or unrecognized symptoms of hypersensitivity to abacavir therapy, can result in serious or fatal hypersensitivity reactions. Such reactions can occur within hours [see Warnings and Precautions].

Hematologic Toxicity: Zidovudine, a component of TRIZIVIR, has been associated with hematologic toxicity, including neutropenia and severe anemia, particularly in patients with advanced Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) disease [see Warnings and Precautions].

Myopathy: Prolonged use of zidovudine has been associated with symptomatic myopathy [see Warnings and Precautions].

Lactic Acidosis and Severe Hepatomegaly: Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues alone or in combination, including abacavir, lamivudine, zidovudine, and other antiretrovirals [see Warnings and Precautions].

Exacerbations of Hepatitis B: Severe acute exacerbations of hepatitis B have been reported in patients who are co-infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HIV-1 and have discontinued lamivudine, which is one component of TRIZIVIR. Hepatic function should be monitored closely with both clinical and laboratory follow-up for at least several months in patients who discontinue TRIZIVIR and are co-infected with HIV-1 and HBV. If appropriate, initiation of anti-hepatitis B therapy may be warranted [see Warnings and Precautions].



TRIZIVIR: TRIZIVIR Tablets contain the following 3 synthetic nucleoside analogues: abacavir sulfate (ZIAGEN), lamivudine (also known as EPIVIR or 3TC), and zidovudine (also known as RETROVIR, azidothymidine, or ZDV) with inhibitory activity against HIV-1. TRIZIVIR Tablets are for oral administration.

TRIZIVIR is indicated in combination with other antiretrovirals or alone for the treatment of HIV-1 infection.

Additional important information on the use of TRIZIVIR for treatment of HIV-1 infection:

  • •TRIZIVIR is one of multiple products containing abacavir. Before starting TRIZIVIR, review medical history for prior exposure to any abacavir-containing product in order to avoid reintroduction in a patient with a history of hypersensitivity to abacavir [see Warnings and Precautions Adverse Reactions].
  • •TRIZIVIR is a fixed-dose combination of 3 nucleoside analogues: abacavir, lamivudine, and zidovudine and is intended only for patients whose regimen would otherwise include these 3 components.
  • •Limited data exist on the use of TRIZIVIR alone in patients with higher baseline viral load levels (>100,000 copies/mL) [see Clinical Studies].

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Published Studies Related to Trizivir (Abacavir / Lamivudine / Zidovudine)

Abacavir/lamivudine/zidovudine maintenance after standard induction in antiretroviral therapy-naive patients: FREE randomized trial interim results. [2010.06]
Maintenance with a triple nucleoside reverse transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) regimen after successful induction with a dual NRTI/protease inhibitor (PI) combination may be advantageous, because of low pill burden, favorable lipids, and less drug interactions... Patients on successful standard ART can be safely switched to a NRTI-only regimen, at least for the tested time period.

Early versus delayed fixed dose combination abacavir/lamivudine/zidovudine in patients with HIV and tuberculosis in Tanzania. [2009.12]
Fixed dose combination abacavir/lamivudine/zidovudine (ABC/3TC/ZDV) among HIV-1 and tuberculosis (TB)-coinfected patients was evaluated and outcomes between early vs. delayed initiation were compared... Rates of virologic suppression were similar between early and delayed treatment strategies with triple nucleoside regimens when substitutions were allowed.

A combination drug of abacavir-lamivudine-zidovudine (Trizivir) for treating HIV infection and AIDS. [2009.07.08]
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate that Trizivir remains a viable option for initiating antiretroviral therapy, especially in HIV-infected patients with pre-existing hyperlipidaemia and those who do not tolerate ritonavir.

A randomized, controlled trial of initial anti-retroviral therapy with abacavir/lamivudine/zidovudine twice-daily compared to atazanavir once-daily with lamivudine/zidovudine twice-daily in HIV-infected patients over 48 weeks (ESS100327, the ACTION Study). [2009.04.09]
CONCLUSION: ABC/3TC/ZDV demonstrated comparable virologic efficacy to ATV+3TC/ZDV in this population over 48 weeks. In those with a baseline VL >/= 100,000 c/mL, subjects in the ATV+3TC/ZDV showed better virologic efficacy. Both regimens offer benefits in select therapy-naive subjects. TRIAL REGISTRATION: [Clinical Trials Identifier, NCT00082394].

Induction therapy with trizivir plus efavirenz or lopinavir/ritonavir followed by trizivir alone in naive HIV-1-infected adults. [2008.01.30]
BACKGROUND: Induction-maintenance strategies were associated with a low response rate. We compared the virological response with two different induction regimens with trizivir plus efavirenz or lopinavir/ritonavir... CONCLUSION: Trizivir plus either efavirenz or lopinavir/ritonavir followed by maintenance with trizivir achieved a low but similar response at 72 weeks, with a high incidence of adverse events leading to drug discontinuation during the induction phase in both arms. The study showed a trend towards an increased virological failure rate in the efavirenz arm during the maintenance phase.

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Clinical Trials Related to Trizivir (Abacavir / Lamivudine / Zidovudine)

Study to Explore Safety And Tolerability of Fosamprenavir With or Without Ritonavir in Combination With TRIZIVIR or COMBIVIR [Completed]
Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) naive subjects will be enrolled in this clinical research study to test the safety and tolerability of fosamprenavir with or without ritonavir in combination TRIZIVIR and COMBIVIR. Subjects will receive 24 weeks of therapy.

Study To Evaluate Long Term Maintenance With TRIZIVIR After Boosted Protease Inhibitor (PI) Or Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NNRTI) In HIV-1 Infected Adults [Completed]
The current goal of antiretroviral therapy is to use a potent regimen that will suppress plasma viral load and maintain this suppression as long as possible. However, for most patients treated with such potent regimen, several problems can limit their long term effectiveness and contribute to incomplete viral suppression. These problems include poor tolerability, metabolic toxic effects. In order to avoid common problems as toxicity it might be interested to simplify treatment with fewer toxicity, lower pill burden. In this study we will evaluate the safety and efficacy of a simplification treatment with TRIZIVIR in long term after a Boosted PI or NNRTI containing regimen as first line therapy.

Switch From Combivir or Trizivir to Truvada - Mitochondrial Effects [Completed]
Study subjects receiving the antiretroviral drugs Combivir or trizivir, will be randomized to switch to Truvada-containing highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) or to continue on Combivir or on trizivir. Measurements will be performed at baseline and after 6 months after randomization to either continuing on trizivir or combivir, or to switching to Truvada. Measurements include maximal or peak oxygen consumption, lactate production and clearance, subcutaneous adipose tissue and limb fat contents, insulin resistance, liver and muscle fat contents, and plasma free fatty acid concentrations. The hypothesis underlying this study is that chronic therapy with thymidine analogue nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), including zidovudine (AZT), leads to clinically detectable mitochondrial dysfunction in several organ systems.

FREE Study: Efficacy and Toxicity of Trizivir [Completed]
Antiretroviral nave patients with <350 xE6/l CD4 cells and a HIV-viral load of > 30. 000 cop/ml are started on combivir and Kaletra . When patients have reached an undetectable viral load of< 50 cop/ml on two consecutive occasions at least at week 12, but no later than week 24, they are randomised in either continuation with Combivir/Kaletra or switch to Trizivir twice daily one pill during 96 weeks. All patients randomised in the combivir/Kaletra arm are eligible to switch to Trizivir at any post randomisation visit when they reach predefined switch criteria for elevated levels of fasting glucose or lipids.

A Study Comparing The Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of Trizivir VS Combivir & Atazanavir In Subjects With HIV [Completed]
The aim of this study was to assess whether TRIZIVIR, administered twice-daily was as safe, tolerable and efficacious as a combination of the drugs COMBIVIR administered twice-daily and atazanavir administered once daily. Over the course of 48 weeks, various parameters that measure safety, tolerability and efficacy of the investigational drugs were measured and compared.

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Reports of Suspected Trizivir (Abacavir / Lamivudine / Zidovudine) Side Effects

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