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Offline racingmind

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Starting Atripla tonight....
« on: October 14, 2007, 08:44:06 PM »
Well It's been over a year in the making, but I am going to take my first dose of Atripla tonight.  I am a little nervous, but I know that it's my time.
Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

Offline David_CA

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2007, 09:10:24 PM »
Hi Racing,

Good luck with the Atripla.  MY hubby and I both take it and haven't had any issues with it.  He has unusualy dreams occasionally, but I take mine in the morning, so it really doesn't effect my dreams.  It'll occasionally feel a bit dizzy, but that could just as easily be my hypertension meds. 

If I were going to give any advice to you, I'd suggest avoiding fatty foods a couple of hours prior to taking it.  Back when I took mine at night, if I ate peanut butter, nuts, or any other really fatty food, I'd have a horrible hangover in the morning.  Oh, and drink lots of water (just general good advice there).

David

Edited 'cause I forgot to add... since being on meds, I feel a LOT better.  I have more energy, night sweats are gone, my skin is much better, etc.  I just feel good overall.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2007, 09:13:52 PM by David_NC »
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
You must be the change you want to see in the world.  Mahatma Gandhi

Offline bocker3

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2007, 10:16:42 PM »
HI Racing,

Good luck - That first pill is the toughest to get down.  I've been taking Atripla for almost 2 yrs now (well, started as Sustiva/Truvada), other than some weird dreams and a distinct drunk feeling when I eat Krispy Kreme donuts near med time, it's been pretty uneventful for me.  Hope it's the same with you.

Let us know how the night goes!

Hugs,
Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2013 691/31% <20

Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2007, 11:25:01 PM »
Good Luck with the Atripla. I had funky dreams the first few days. Eating nuts close to pill time doesn't seem to phase me much but different strokes and all that. I just have a hard time getting the pill down so I cut mine in half and take it that way....
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
Cherish the simple things life has to offer

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Offline StrongGuy

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2007, 01:25:54 AM »
Firts two days made me feel a bit dizzy and dazed in the morning, but nothing too bad at all. Since then I've had no issues with the combo whatsover.

I know from friends (and people on here) it can take longer for people to get used to the Sustiva in the combo so don't get down if the sides linger longer then you hoped. My bet is you'll gett hrough the "getting used to it" phase and do great. If not, there are other combos to try so keep your chin up! It's all good...

:)
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"Beware of the fortune teller doom and gloomers who seek to bring you down and are only looking for company, purpose and validation - not your best physical/mental interests."

"You know you all are saying that this is incurable. When the real thing you should be saying is it's not curable at the present time' because as we know, the great strides we've made in medicine." - Elizabeth Edwards

Offline dixieman

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2007, 10:01:19 AM »
I love it... your lucky to get started on a simple regimine.... best of luck!

Offline keyite

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2007, 10:30:31 AM »
Good luck - let us know how it goes...

Offline racingmind

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2007, 10:57:13 AM »
The next morning:

Well I didn't have any vivid dreams last night, although about an hour after I took the pill I felt pretty drunk and had a *tiny* bit of trouble walking a straight line...other than that it was pretty uneventful...I'm a little dizzy this morning, but nothing I can't handle.  Thanks for all of you encouragement people...I'll keep you posted as the next couple of days roll by ;D
Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

Offline bocker3

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2007, 09:46:08 PM »
Glad to hear that it went well!! :)

Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2013 691/31% <20

Offline jabez

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2007, 12:10:43 AM »
I started Atripla on September 21st.   The only side effect I noticed the first few days was a little bit of a "hangover" in the early mornings, and as you pointed out, the inability to walk a straight line.  The third day of treatment, I developed the dreaded "soft stool".  The 13th day, I got a lovely red rash all over my back and butt.  (The rash is gone, the 'hangovers' are gone, and the "soft stool" has improved, I'm happy to say.)   Good luck to you!!
Sept 2007 -- CD4 = 68; VL = 469,000
Started Atripla Sept 21, 2007
Nov 2007-CD4=217;VL=332
Feb 2008-CD4=237;VL=<50
Apr 2008-CD4=271;VL=66
Aug 2008-CD4=440;VL=52
Jan 2009-CD4=403;VL=61
May 2009-CD4=480;VL=129
Sep 2009-CD4=376;VL<40
Jan 2010-CD4=476;VL<40
Jul 2010-CD4=539;VL<40
Jan 2011-CD4=461;VL=53
Jul 2011-CD4=515;VL<20
Jan 2012-CD4=506;VL=54
Aug 2012-CD4=440;VL=21
Jan 2013-CD4=447;VL=<20
Jul 2013-CD4=406; VL=<20
Feb 2014-CD4=450; VL=<20
Aug 2014-CD4=535; VL=<20

Offline Falkore

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2007, 03:04:08 AM »
I've been on Atripla for over a year now.  I started it shortly after it was released.  I was the first patient of my doctor on that medication and I brought it to him to see what it looked like.  The first night was pretty fun, as I have posted in the past I got a very strange "Acid trip" kind of feeling.  Now it's pretty much normal.  If I take it and stay awake I get the "drunk" feeling.  The other day my boyfriend wanted me to join him for a meeting first thing in the morning.  I had just gone to bed less than 3 hours before he came over and I was REALLY feeling the meds.  I could not walk, I could barely stand.  I don't know if it was due to the medication, lack of sleep, or both. 

I also get the "soft stool" and also get the runs from time to time.  My doctor's office gave me some acidophilus along with Centrum.  When I start having those issues, I just take an extra acidophilus pill for a few days and all is well.

Falkore
"Ain't no shame in my flame"
Date:          CD4:     VL:
10/02/05     568       2,070
11/18/05     541       2,970
02/17/06     442       4,720
04/17/06     510       1,100
07/12/06     391       3,050
Start Atripla
09/22/06     595       Undet.
01/18/07     562       Undet.
05/25/07     540       Undet.
09/26/07     531       Undet.

Offline racingmind

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2007, 11:32:34 AM »
Okay, I'm not gonna do daily updates, I promise.  But the second night on Atripla for me was even less uneventful!  I didn't get the drunk feeling until about an hour and a half after taking it, and it wasn't nearly as intense....and woke up feeling pretty normal. Digestively, I am the same as always...I hope that continues although I guess it's too early to tell.  Thanks again everyone for your well wishes and input.  I am in a good place at the moment.  ;D
Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

Offline OMDM

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2007, 11:47:24 PM »
I started Atripla in early July this past summer.  The first night was quite strange.  Since then (almost 4 months) I have have virtually no problems.  Finish dinner by 7:00 PM.  I take my pill at 10:00 PM.

I usually also take a Lunesta sleeping pill at 10:00 PM.

I often get up at 2:00 AM for a bathroom trip and am somewhat wobble enroute but that might be age 66 legs, not the medicine. 

Up at 5:30 AM and golf most mornings at 7:30 AM with zero side effects.  Am able to walk the golf courses and carry my clubs.

My VL went from 101,500 to 1,500 after 18 days with my CD4 jumping from 325 to 375.

Next med's in 3 weeks - will be interested in the results as I feel better than I have in 5 years.

Good luck.

Offline keyite

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2007, 07:25:48 AM »
racingmind - trust me, in my book 'uneventful' is worth reporting - we only tend to hear when it goes bad, so it's really nice to know it's gone so well for you - and it's good to know the meds will be nuking the virus into submission...  ;D

BobF

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2007, 06:28:53 PM »
Good Luck --- hope things continue to go well.   I've just started month two on Atripla and have only moderate dreams that cause me to feel anxious when I wake up in the middle of the night, but nothing that is a big problem.   Besides the dreams I am not sleeping as deeply as before, but nothing too bad.   I'm anxious to get my #'s from the Doc on Monday!

Offline racingmind

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2007, 11:06:26 AM »
Thanks everyone for your replies....things are going well on Atripla so far.  The drunk feeling has diminished, digestively everything is cool, and so far no outward signs (rash, etc.) have appeared.  I think this is a combo that is going to agree with me.  I have started to feel better as well (little more energy), so the first week all in all has been pretty damn good.  I guess I'm lucky in that respect.  Thanks again for all your kind words :D.
Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

BobF

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Re: Starting Atripla tonight....
« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2007, 07:14:44 PM »
So, I've been on Atripla for 6 weeks now ... and got great news.   VL is down to 50 and CD4 is up to 537 (up 160+ since I started).   It's definitely working for me and hope it continues to kick ass!   Hope it goes as well for you racingmind :)

 


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