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Author Topic: Truvada lowers my stress point  (Read 3698 times)

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Offline PeterX

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Truvada lowers my stress point
« on: June 30, 2006, 11:45:18 PM »
A friend and I are both on Truvada and Viramune and were both experiencing a lower tolerance to handle stress.  A shorter temper if you will in which we flip out in our minds with incredible rage when under stress.  Something we didn't experience so commonly before.   
The reason I believe the culprit is the Truvada is because my friend has been on meds for years, but only in the last year did he go on Truvada and through conversations discovered this new personality trait we've both been experiencing. 
What has your experience been with Truvada with regard to your temper?

PeterX

Offline Robert

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2006, 01:46:46 AM »
this is an interesting question.  Reyataz, Norvir and Truvada are the only combination I've been on (2 1/2 years) so I really don't have anything to compare them to.  But you're right, my stress level is real low.  I used to be able to hold my temper.  It got so bad I'm now taking 20g of prozac to balance out my moods.  I've always thought it was it was HAART in general but it could be just the Truvada.  Who knows?

robert
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Offline sdcabincrew74

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2006, 03:02:00 PM »
I, too, have noticed that with truvada, also on zoloft to help balance me out.  But, yes, I really do believe that Truvada causes people to have short fuses.  It does cross the blood/brain barrier right?  Then, it is highly possible.
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Offline DingoBoi

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2006, 03:38:11 PM »
in the old forums there have been a few conversations questioning truvada as a culprit in this.   Often hard to identify, especially since many are on sustiva/truvada... which one is it kind of question.

Nothing substantial or definitive was reached from those conversations, but more than a few noted temper issues who took truvada. .    I suspect truvada may have more issues than actually publicized in it's trials.   Something that is only becoming more readily apparant now that it is in wide distribution imho.

Solution?  um.... lexapro or prozac.   Optimum solution?  no.  but it seems like nobody really knows anything about this.    I'm pleasantly happy taking lexapro. :)

I cannot with 100% say that sustiva was the cause of all my issues, though when i stopped it, most of them went away, but that doesn't negate the feeling that truvada was playing some part in that.

I think it does have some negative mental affects like that...and as it says on the truvada website (even though it mentions nothing about mental affects)... "the list of side effects is not complete as truvada is still being studied".

/sigh.  So basically nobody knows nuthin'!   But that doesn't make it untrue either.



Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2006, 10:17:58 PM »
What has your experience been with Truvada with regard to your temper?

Peter, on Truvada i had a short temper and i flew into a rage once. wasn't pretty. combo back then was Truvada, Norvir, Reyataz.

Offline sfpvguy41

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2006, 02:27:22 AM »
I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU ARE ALL SO *@#"$)_ GOD*@MN COMPLAINING ABOUT TRUVADA!?!  I JUST LOVE IT AND NEVER LOSE MY F***KING TEMPER!!!

(Sorry, I couldn't resist)  :)

Robert
Labs: (undetectable since 2005)
12/13: 634 cdr, 37.3%, 758 cd8, total chol 183, triglycerides 131
8/13: changed to Edurant from Reyataz
12/12: 828 cd4, 34.5%, 1078 cd8, total chol 192, tri 196
12/11: 787 cd4, 37%, 979 cd8.
9/11: 758 cd4, 38%, 944 cd8, und.
8/11 dropped norvir, incr reyataz to 400 mg
6/11: 621 CD4 CD4% 41, CD8 680! Undetectable. Creatinine and eGFR are ok now.
Switched from Truvada to Epzicom in late April 2011
AGT/AST and creatinine back to normal mid-April.
Cut Norvir from regimen.
Switched back to Reyataz/Norvir late Feb 2011
2/11: CD4 664 34%, CD8 963, diagnosed with osteoporosis, high AGT/AST and creatinine.
12/10: CD4: 676 CD4%: 34 CD8: 1012
Switched from Reyataz/norvir to Isentress 10/10
8/10: CD4: 731 CD4%: 40 CD8: 866
Diagnosed Sept. 2002 started meds May 2005.

Offline sfpvguy41

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2006, 02:30:39 AM »
in all seriousness, i'm taking epivir/viread almost the same, no problems, but switching to truvada soon.  will keep you posted if i burst into any rages.

BEFORE starting on meds i had problems with this - i take 1 wellbutrin and 1/2 lexapro a day, and find it to be a great combo - so i don't blame the problem on the meds...since I already had it.

NOW LEAVE ME THEF*c* ALONE!  (ok just kidding again)
Labs: (undetectable since 2005)
12/13: 634 cdr, 37.3%, 758 cd8, total chol 183, triglycerides 131
8/13: changed to Edurant from Reyataz
12/12: 828 cd4, 34.5%, 1078 cd8, total chol 192, tri 196
12/11: 787 cd4, 37%, 979 cd8.
9/11: 758 cd4, 38%, 944 cd8, und.
8/11 dropped norvir, incr reyataz to 400 mg
6/11: 621 CD4 CD4% 41, CD8 680! Undetectable. Creatinine and eGFR are ok now.
Switched from Truvada to Epzicom in late April 2011
AGT/AST and creatinine back to normal mid-April.
Cut Norvir from regimen.
Switched back to Reyataz/Norvir late Feb 2011
2/11: CD4 664 34%, CD8 963, diagnosed with osteoporosis, high AGT/AST and creatinine.
12/10: CD4: 676 CD4%: 34 CD8: 1012
Switched from Reyataz/norvir to Isentress 10/10
8/10: CD4: 731 CD4%: 40 CD8: 866
Diagnosed Sept. 2002 started meds May 2005.

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2006, 11:10:57 PM »
I haven't noticed a short temper since starting Truvada in May, but I have experienced a lot more headaches than normal.   I've taken so many meds for so long, the 'reference' point of what 'normal' is supposed to feel like is not on my radar any more.

I just keep plodding along.    Have you tried some relaxation techniques?   That was the most important lesson I took from my early support groups (late 80's).

Hope it gets better for you!

Alan
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Offline clarke

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2006, 04:24:59 PM »
Well, after a couple of weeks off of Truvada, I don't have the muschle/joint pain I constantly had, especially when I did some work.  I've also seen I don't "fly off of the handle" so much either, I "seemed" to have calmed some, although I've always been what some refer to as "high strung".

Offline TugaMan

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2006, 05:41:02 PM »
Yes, I also lose my temper easily now... My best friend has noticed that already and "warned" me... I started taking Sustiva/Truvada 9 months ago. I'll try to control myself before I start taking any more meds... let's see how it goes...

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2006, 08:18:17 PM »
Hello,

 The only time I had trouble controlling my anger/temper or stress levels were primarily in the first few months of starting treatment.. I didn't blame that on medication, to me I believe it was other issues at the time.After that things had mellowed out quite a lot. I have been on Viramune , since the beginning. I am also on Viread, part of Truvada. Also, not on any anti-depressants.



Ray
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2006, 12:55:17 AM »
I've been on Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir for 10 months and I have not noticed any changes in my mood. I'm known for being very even tempered though.

Offline alisenjafi

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2006, 04:31:52 PM »
Believe it or not I found the bee pollen had taken the edge off of me. as well as getting rid of the cloud I felt. Before this I would say it didn't diminish but I just got used to it.
Cheers
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Offline cjc

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Re: Truvada lowers my stress point
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2006, 08:29:58 PM »
I am on Sustiva and Truvada and have been noticing I am very Irritated most of the time. especially i have been getting road rage , which is not real good.I am not sure if it's the meds or PMS , probably both. nice to know i am not the only one.  thanks   Cristy

 


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