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Author Topic: 6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)  (Read 4271 times)

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Offline hades01

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6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)
« on: January 09, 2009, 02:30:28 PM »
Hi everyone,
I just want to share news with everyone here and enjoy this with all those who are afraid of side effects. I been on atripla for 6 weeks and i got my first lab work done on 12-31-2008 and i call the doctor today to find out that my VL has decrease form 105K to 221 (what an improvement don't you think). I was afraid to star the meds and i waited for 3 months because all the bad feedback that i read and i am sure some people experience side effects but this is just my story. I never had  a side effect(no rash or crazy dreams) I think that the first night that i took the pill i set mu self to experience side effects more than what really was. Also there has been 3 or 4 Saturdays that i have gone out with my friends as usual and enjoy my self and take my pill around 1:30 am (usually at 10:30pm every night) so i have had nights where it wasn't exactly at the same time and it seems to be working. Don't be afraid to start taking meds like i was.......These days things seem to be much easier than what it was years ago,HIV still at the same risk of having an OI and take away your life so shy take that risk if you can prevent it.
I also want to thank all those who gave the support (don't want to mention any names so that i don't miss anyone but you know who you are), your emails and words have made this much easier....I know i am just starting on a long road ahead of me but with people like you things are much easier and there is light at the end of that road!!!
Is amazing how we can overcome our fears and issues just by having someone to talk about.....I do realize the CD count remain the same but my doctor told me that he wasn't really expecting those babes to go up since his priority was to make sure that the medications is working and to get my VL down!

Basically, don't be afraid to start meds and if atripla don't work for you something else will but you have to take the first step and we are here for you (we are in this together)
Have a bless day and don't forget to smile is good for the soul  ;D :D ;)
« Last Edit: January 09, 2009, 03:24:44 PM by hades01 »
Eduardo Cabrera
"Life will never give me what i want, only what is best for me"
08-08-2008 HIV+ (What a day)
08-14-2008 VL 105K   CD4 199 (Pretified and hopeless)
11-14-2008 Started Atripla  and no side effects at all yet
Lab Results 12-31-2008 VL 220 CD4 189
Lab Results 03-31-2009 VL undetectable CD4 308
Lab Results 06-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 274
Lab Results 09-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 410
Lab Results 10-06-2010 VL Undetectable & CD4 514 %34

Offline franfrog

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripa (Sharing News)
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2009, 02:37:44 PM »
Wow great improvement!
I am currently on combivir and sustiva but they have recently switched me to atripla.  I was waiting for my refills on my current meds to run out before I started it.  I know that crazy dreams are the least of my worries since it has the sustiva in it, I am worried of any other side effects I may have.  Hopefully I will see a nice change in my numbers, not that mine are bad to start.
Well good luck, hope you keep seeing such great numbers
7/05 diagnosis cd4- 52 vl -?
08/05 cd4-299 vl-1900
10/05 cd4-249 vl-349
12/05 cd4-349 vl-52
03/06 cd4-454 vl-<50
06/06 cd4-508 vl-<50

Offline hades01

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripa (Sharing News)
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2009, 02:44:23 PM »
Yes you will like i did!
I do believe that side effects might decrease depending on how well you treat your self (that is just me).
I eat healthy, lots of cardio and weights. also take daily multivitamins and green tea as well as acai berry and pomegranate juice and Acidophilus and Bifidus.
as you can see i take lost of pills  ;D :D ;) so one more to me is nothing...I have been taking these supplements for a very long time and drink lost of water.
Eduardo Cabrera
"Life will never give me what i want, only what is best for me"
08-08-2008 HIV+ (What a day)
08-14-2008 VL 105K   CD4 199 (Pretified and hopeless)
11-14-2008 Started Atripla  and no side effects at all yet
Lab Results 12-31-2008 VL 220 CD4 189
Lab Results 03-31-2009 VL undetectable CD4 308
Lab Results 06-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 274
Lab Results 09-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 410
Lab Results 10-06-2010 VL Undetectable & CD4 514 %34

Offline Dabo

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2009, 07:18:25 PM »
i too was nervous of the side effects.  started atripla 10 days ago.  so far, so good.  no side effects at all other than sleeping like a log - when i crash, i'm out.  hopefully, will continue the same.  find out the progress 1/27

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009, 01:31:42 PM »
Hi,

you should try to stay within 2-3 hours of your regular time. If you regular time is 10:30pm then try not go to beyond 1:30am. Also, if you go out and you drink there is a higher chance that you will forget to take your pill when you're back home, or if you stay at someone's place you won't get a chance to take your pill before you are back.

I would suggest that you always keep an "emergency pill" in your wallet, just in case you are not going to be home at the expect time. I have one in my wallet, and 3 in my car in case I go somewhere and I am stuck there for the week-end.

You could make some experiments at home and see if you have no side effects when taking Atripla and drinking. I have none with alcohol, but I feel dizzy for about 30mn if I take Atripla and eat at the same time. If you have no side effects then take the pill before going out; it's more important than waking up the next day and having forgotten it.

Milker.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2009, 01:33:13 PM by milker »
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

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Offline hades01

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2009, 10:45:52 PM »
Thank you for the advice! i really appreciate it!
I am not much of a drinker, i limit my self to 4 drinks when i go out and i always take the pill with me and have a bottle of water in between drinks and i have been very cautious of not going over 1:30AM no matter what. I have thought about taking it before going out but afraid of getting dizzy, i guess i should try that!
Thanks again for taking the time to share your advice with me.
Eduardo Cabrera
"Life will never give me what i want, only what is best for me"
08-08-2008 HIV+ (What a day)
08-14-2008 VL 105K   CD4 199 (Pretified and hopeless)
11-14-2008 Started Atripla  and no side effects at all yet
Lab Results 12-31-2008 VL 220 CD4 189
Lab Results 03-31-2009 VL undetectable CD4 308
Lab Results 06-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 274
Lab Results 09-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 410
Lab Results 10-06-2010 VL Undetectable & CD4 514 %34

Offline jayjax

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2009, 05:41:30 PM »
Hades01,

Congrats and thanks for the update.  I too have been on Atripla  for a short time, since Nov 08.  I was very scared and worried at first, but no side effects came my way.

I will have my first follow-up next week and look for good results.
08 Oct 08:  Diagnosed
18 Oct 08:  1st Lab Work: CD4 - 268, VL 7,000
18 Nov 08:  Started Atripla
28 Jan 09:   CD4 - 195, VL 70
05 May 09:  CD4 - 201, VL = Undetectable
16 Aug 09: CD4 - 235, VL = Undetectable
30 Nov 09 CD4 - 300, VL = Undetectable
30 Mar 10 CD4 - 305, VL = Undetectable
27 Jul 10 CD4 -  301, VL = 100
13 Aug 10 -- Switched to Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir
30 Sep 10 --  CD4 598, VL = Undetectable

Offline hades01

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2009, 10:21:21 AM »
Well i have an update on my saga!
2ND lab work done on 03-31-2009
VL is undetectable
CD4 count increase from 190 to 308!!  ;) :D ;D :)
today is a good day, i no longer have to take that bactrim
Eduardo Cabrera
"Life will never give me what i want, only what is best for me"
08-08-2008 HIV+ (What a day)
08-14-2008 VL 105K   CD4 199 (Pretified and hopeless)
11-14-2008 Started Atripla  and no side effects at all yet
Lab Results 12-31-2008 VL 220 CD4 189
Lab Results 03-31-2009 VL undetectable CD4 308
Lab Results 06-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 274
Lab Results 09-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 410
Lab Results 10-06-2010 VL Undetectable & CD4 514 %34

Offline clsoca

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2009, 02:31:45 PM »
Congratulations Eduardo. If we lived close enough, I would take you to dinner to celebrate. I recently too received my good news.
10/07 Infected
11/07 Seroconversion
07/08 Tested Poz
07/08 VL 487  CD4 658  (No Meds)
10/08 VL 286  CD4 724  (No Meds)
01/24/09 VL 30,100   CD4 329 CD4 30% (No Meds)
02/06/09 VL 44,000   CD4 367 CD4 36%  Blood Work @ UCLA (No Meds)
02/06/09 VL 44,000   CD4 317 CD4 35% Blood Work @ USC (No Meds)
02/12/09 VL 52,000   CD4 297 CD4 29%
02/12/09  Started Atripla
04/01/09 VL 60  CD4 667   CD4 48%
06-05-09  VL UD CD4 427   CD4 39%

Offline hades01

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Re: 6 Weeks After Atripla (Sharing News)
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2009, 03:04:57 PM »
Cheers!!!   :) ;) :D ;D
Eduardo Cabrera
"Life will never give me what i want, only what is best for me"
08-08-2008 HIV+ (What a day)
08-14-2008 VL 105K   CD4 199 (Pretified and hopeless)
11-14-2008 Started Atripla  and no side effects at all yet
Lab Results 12-31-2008 VL 220 CD4 189
Lab Results 03-31-2009 VL undetectable CD4 308
Lab Results 06-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 274
Lab Results 09-30-2009 VL Undetectable & CD4 410
Lab Results 10-06-2010 VL Undetectable & CD4 514 %34

 


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