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Author Topic: Another change in the works  (Read 4209 times)

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Offline aztecan

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Another change in the works
« on: November 28, 2007, 10:44:36 PM »
I saw my doc today and, in between discussing other folks, we talked about my ongoing gastric distress.

While Pepcid and Tums kept it under control for a while, they have stopped helping.

No matter how well Reyataz is working for me, not to mention zero side effects, I have decided to switch to Lexiva.

Lexiva doesn't have the proton pump inhibitor issue and it is a straight-across trade, one PI for another.

The only difference is I will have to take it and 100 mgs of Norvir twice a day. It is no big deal since I have to take my Combivir twice a day anyway,

So, I'll drop off the script tomorrow and should have my new meds by Friday or Saturday at the latest.

Wish me luck.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007, 12:44:47 AM »
Mark,

Here's hoping this time is a charm for you.... will be pulling for you!

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

Offline Robert

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007, 01:04:57 AM »
mark,

YOu would think after all this HAART business I would know something about Nucs and Non Nucs and PI's and the world of gastronomy but it all still throws me for a loop.

I do know you're having a hard time and it just kills me.  I'll do what I can though and send the spirits your way.

robert 
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Offline bear60

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007, 01:45:39 PM »
I hate stomach problems. Good luck Mark, hope this works.
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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007, 01:56:55 PM »
good luck Mark...

I hate stomach problems too...Kaletra almost killed me (sort of speak) but after 6 years on it I guess my body realized I'm not going to stop taking it and I don't have 1/2 as many issues anymore.

BIG HUGS with lots of LOVE

Rich
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Offline emeraldize

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007, 01:58:51 PM »
Mark
This reads like a winning combination for you.
Plus, you can look forward to saying " Yes, even at my age, dropping Acid is still an important part of my life."
 ;)
Em

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007, 07:46:56 PM »
Hello Mark,

Wishing you the best on the med change. Hopefully this will do the job, and things will start getting better for you. Hang in there !!


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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Offline Winiroo

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2007, 07:48:50 PM »
Good luck Mark!

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2007, 09:28:20 PM »
Mark,

I hope this one is 'the winner'.    I know how tired you are of the ongoing stomach acid problems, and I sure hope this will be a solution.

hugs,

Alan

PS -- keep us posted.
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Offline mjmel

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2007, 07:19:21 PM »
Mark,
I've been taking Norvir since 2000. I sure hope this adjustment does work for you. The tradeoff will be noticeable bloating for the proton pump acid torture. 
Mike M
« Last Edit: November 30, 2007, 07:24:03 PM by mjmel »

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2007, 07:53:02 PM »
Mark, I hope this switch works out for you. By the way it's time to go bar hopping don't you think?  ;)

Rodney

Offline northernguy

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2007, 11:18:47 AM »
Good luck with the switch.  I'm going to have to decide what to do about my Protonix when it comes times for HIV meds ???
Apr 28/06 cd4 600 vl 10,600 cd% 25
Nov 8/09 cd4 510 vl 49,5000 cd% 16
Jan 16/10 cd4 660 vl 54,309 cd% 16
Feb 17/10 Started Atripla
Mar 7/10 cd4 710 vl 1,076 cd% 21
Apr 18/10 cd4 920 vl 268 cd% 28
Jun 19/10 cd4 450 vl 60 cd% 25
Aug 15/10 cd4 680 vl 205 cd% 27
Apr 3/11 cd4 780 vl <40 cd% 30
Jul 17/11 cd4 960 vl <40 cd%33
April 15/12 cd4 1,010 vl <40 cd% 39
April 20/12 Switched to Viramune + Truvada
Aug 2/12 cd4 1040, vl <40, cd% 38
Oct 19 cd4 1,110 vl <40 cd% 41

Offline Ann

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2007, 02:33:51 PM »
Hey Mark,

Have you tried the switch over the weekend? Hope it's working out for you.

Hugs,
Ann
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Offline aztecan

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2007, 08:15:45 PM »
Well, I started the Lexiva today. No noticeable side effects, in fact, no problems whatsoever.

I also began taking Protonix again, thank goodness. I hope it will be fully in effect in a day or so and I can bid adieu to this gastric mess I have been having.

Now, where is Akasha. I am taking two huge pills: Norvir and Lexiva (700 mgs twice a day).  :D

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline allanq

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Re: Another change in the works
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2007, 06:32:53 PM »
Mark,

Good luck with Lexiva.

Given the problems you're having with lipoatrophy, I really wish you could get off the Combivir. AZT is a big cause of lipoatrophy.

Allan
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