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Author Topic: Switching to Viramune tonite....  (Read 1013 times)

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Offline tc400

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Switching to Viramune tonite....
« on: August 01, 2007, 02:23:30 PM »
Hey guys,

I have been reading these forums for almost a year now and it really helped me a lot after my diagnosis.

I have been on Atripla for a year. Mild side effects at first, getting worse with time, and I ended up blowing a fuse (could not work, was angry all the time etc...). I decided to switch to Viramune/Truvada. My doctor recommended to take Viramune only once a day for three days, and then go to twice a day.

What did people in my situation experience? The disclaimer on Viramune is CRAZY! It sounds like you will die if you take the medication! What kind of side effects did u experience?

Thanks a lot for your help!


Offline Jerry71

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Re: Switching to Viramune tonite....
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007, 05:19:54 PM »
TC I have been on Viramune since back in Feb of this year and have not had any side effects with it.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Switching to Viramune tonite....
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007, 06:58:38 PM »
Hello Tc,

Welcome !....I also have been on Viramune, since October of 2003. It was part of the first regimen, that I was started on. I also had very little problem with it, and so far I am still doing well. ( knock on wood)

I do wonder why your your doctor tells you that after the third day, you can begin taking the normal two doses of Viramune. ( one pill, every 12 hours)  The normal way of starting Viramune is to take one pill, once a day for TWO WEEKS. After the 14th day you then take one pill every 12 hours. Did the doctor give you an explanation why you can start, the regular dosing after the third day and not wait for the two week period ?  Just curious...


From the Aidsmeds drug section :


"Taking Viramune is a two-step process. For the first two weeks (14 days) of treatment, the dose is one 200mg tablet once a day. Two weeks after starting treatment, the dose of Viramune is increased to one 200mg tablet twice a day. Following this schedule which you should do under your doctor's guidance can reduce the chance of developing a rash or other side effects.


http://www.aidsmeds.com/archive/Viramune_1616.shtml

Good luck to you !! hope the Viramune works well for you , as it has for me !



Take care-------Ray
« Last Edit: August 01, 2007, 07:01:45 PM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline tc400

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Re: Switching to Viramune tonite....
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2007, 07:15:32 PM »
yeah. i was concerned about this as well. Actually, she told me that since I was on Sustiva before (I am not treatment naive) it is very much OK to only do a three day leading period. If I stay too long on the once-a-day Viramune, I may not have enough medication in my bloodstream and could create resistance to Sustiva/Viramune (so she says), and if I take the full dose right away, I may have too much medication in my body. She is a HIV specialist so I guess she knows what she is talking about. I specially told her that I wanted to do this switch a way so that I avoid developping resistance (to sustiva and/or viramune).

After reading the numerous entries on Viramune, it seems that people are doing just fine on it.

Ill keep you posted.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Switching to Viramune tonite....
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2007, 07:24:08 PM »
Hello Tc,

Thanks for getting back. I think that once you get on the Viramune regularly, you willl be much less likely to blow a fuse. Like I mentioned earlier, I have been able to handle Viramune very well ! As far as the issue of developing a resistance during the transition to Viramune,( which is why she wants you to begin both doses sooner) I am not knowledgable on that. Drink plenty of water !


Good Luck/ Keep in touch--------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

 


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