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Author Topic: Start meds and cold  (Read 2693 times)

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Offline gianluca80

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Start meds and cold
« on: March 17, 2007, 01:56:22 PM »
is a year that I'm positive and after the last ceck I decided to start meds (my cd4 are 400 about). After start meds I got for the first time (since I'm poz) cold. But starting medication must not increase defence? Another question. I taking sustiva+truvana and I've not side effect only just a little bit...like drunk...sometimes after take it, is possible that meds have no effect in me?

Ok too question, maybe stupid too. Sorry for my en to all!


Offline alberche

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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2007, 03:33:46 PM »
Hiya Gianluca!

Well, that's normal with Sustiva. I also took it for a while and the dizzinness and drunk effect should pass away by 2 or 3 weeks.

I had to quite Sustiva due to an allergic reaction with severe rash and pain in joints. But this only happens to a 3-4% of people.

If you feel OK Sustiva is a potent and very good working drug, and also easier to take than other combos.

When your doctor is sure that nor Sustiva nor Truvada have unmanageable side effects on you, it is possible him/her to propose you to pass to Atripla, which is Truvada + Sustiva in one sigle pill, taken once a day.

Hope you do well!!!


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Offline budndallastx

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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007, 09:49:04 PM »
You may want to talk to your doctor about your cold.  Are you running a fever?  If not, then it's probably a cold but let the doctor check you out to be sure that's the case.

The drunk feeling is strongest when you first take Sustiva but usually passes after a couple of weeks.  Watch what you eat and make sure you have two hours between your last meal and taking the Sustiva.  High fat meals need a longer time between eating and taking your meds but each of us is different and react differently to the medications.  I am now in Month 4 of the Sustiva / Truvada combo and have not had any problems with them.

Keep us posted on how you're doing!!

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Offline gianluca80

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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2007, 04:53:14 AM »
Tank you for the answer, now the cold is gone (maybe was only a normal cold) but really since when I start meds i not have side effect but still I'm more week then before not know why, maybe is just a coincidence. Speaking about meds you told that I must take sustiva after 2 H from eat? Now I'm very confused, all told to me to take sustiva after eat (never without). I only can say that if I take meds after eat very much (you must know how good my cooking's mam is) i feel i little dizy in the morning, but just a little.

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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2007, 05:05:22 AM »
Ciao Gianluca,

I am not on the same regimen but my boyfriend takes sustiva. After trying many different things he's now taking it around 11 in the evening, before going to sleep. He avoids eating greasy food in the evening.
The diziness and dreams lasted about 6 weeks with him but this seems to vary from one person to the other. He has no effects when he wakes up in the morning.


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Offline alberche

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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007, 05:01:17 PM »
Ciao Gianluca, carino!!!

Sustiva is better to be taken just right before going to sleep and on an empty stomach. So, you can get dinner from "mamma" (I know what that means, nobody cooks better than an italian mamma, you can bet on that!!!) let's say, at 9:00 and then wait a couple of hours to go to sleep, and take Sustiva at 11:00.

In that way the dizziness and other side effects of Sustiva will be lesser and you will wake up a bit more light and tuned.

Sustiva could also be taken with food, but that makes side effects heavier because the absortion of the drug is faster. Without food the absortion is the same, but slower.

Anyway, take the phone and talk to your doctor in order to clarify this.

I took Sustiva and my doctor told me better to take it on an empty stomach. I took Sustiva + Truvada.

I changed Sustiva due to an allergic reaction during the first weeks, and since then I am on Reyatax + Ritonavir + Truvada.

Be good and take care!!!

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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2007, 11:47:41 PM »
Hey Gianluca,

I just started taking Sustiva 10 days ago. The first few days, I felt "drunk" until about 4 p.m. and couldn't drive.

I found if I don't eat two hours before I take the Sustiva, I feel better the next day.

Its better now, and I don't seem to be having too much trouble from it. I only got the dreams for a few nights - dammit! Some of the very best erotic dreams I think I ever had!  :o :o :o

Hang in there.


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Offline alberche

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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2007, 04:05:33 PM »
Hiya Gianluca, Aztecan,

I also had those dreams, some erotic or alike, but the one I remember the most was like this: I was in a garden, very green, and had a lot of mouse skins, white ones, and I was just putting all those mouse skins on the green and was commited to cover all green with those mouse skins.

At the bottom of the scene, there were some bushes and trees, and behind them, two big gorillas watching me, in calm, putting the skins.

The most strange one I have ever had!!!

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Offline BT65

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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2007, 09:40:10 PM »
Just avoid anything that has a high fat content when taking Sustiva.  I learned that the hard way... :-[
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Re: Start meds and cold
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2007, 04:54:59 AM »
I take Sustiva at 10 pm every night and don't worry a great deal about what i eat in the evening, but i never eat high fat/greasy food, i find that if I'm not asleep by 11.30 then it takes me a while to drop off as I'm getting very dizzy and feeling sick, but as I'm up at 6am every morning for work i tend to be asleep before 11pm anyway.

The mornings for me are still hazy even after 9 months of taking sustiva, but i now consider it to be the norm. I'm not feeling 100% until about 9 am.

What i would suggest is after the side effects have started to go try a week of taking it with food and see how you feel and then try a week of taking it without food and see how you feel. I kept a food diary and this helped me in the first few weeks so when i had a bad night i could look back and see if there was anything in my diet that was making me feel that way.

Good luck with it all

Paul xXx
Diagnosed 01/08/06
CD4-9, VL->500,000, CD4% 1
Started on Sustiva/combivir 22/08/06 changed to kivexa 18/09/06
CD4-50, VL-1496, CD4% 5
CD4-112, VL-125, CD4% 7.5
CD4-121, VL-<50, CD4% 9
CD4-125, VL-71,(re-done 149), CD4% 11
CD4 -231, VL-74, CD4% 15
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17/01/08  Kaletra and Truvada
CD4 - 281, VL-115
CD4 - 287, VL-178


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