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Author Topic: Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??  (Read 1623 times)

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Offline sxybrownnicca

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Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??
« on: February 16, 2009, 04:23:20 PM »
Just wondering do anyone get up in the morning and have to go to work and is currently taking Atripla? I work in a hospital so i am on my feet all day and it takes about 3 hours before i am usually back to normal. I can't concentrate like normal. I wish i didn't have to get up in the morning so early. I need to know how to prevent the dizziness in the morning. Also, What kind of natural herbs or drinks we can get to help. I'm new to HIV and new to taking Meds.

Anyone on disability with hiv? if so, how can i sign up? lol
« Last Edit: February 16, 2009, 04:41:54 PM by sxybrownnicca »

Offline lonewolf

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Re: Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2009, 06:49:26 PM »
WOW Sxy,  I admire you and feel for you having to get up earlier and get off to work.   And I really thank you and admire you as a hospital worker!!!

New to Atripla here,  been one week.  Mornings are kinda rough too.  I don't have to work right now,  so can just hang and let the present, and future side effects do their thing.  But it is encouraging knowing that the new effects are from the Atripla, and it is doing it's thing with the HIV !!!

I have no clue to tell you what to do to prevent dizziness in the morning,  seems to be a common side effect with Atripla.  So can't offer you any advice.    Maybe some others here that have been on meds or Atripla longer will have some good advice for you.
Just wanted to let you know tho,   that there are many out here thinking of you, and you will find this site to be very helpful and compassionate.   
Hugs,  Bruce
"To all within the sound of my voice, I appeal: Learn with me the lessons of history and of grace, so my children will not be afraid to say the word “AIDS” when I am gone. Then, their children and yours may not need to whisper it at all."  Mary Fisher

Offline Andy99

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Re: Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009, 08:23:54 PM »
I've been on Atripla 3 months now and don't get any side effects, i have even taken it it the morning once (about 5 hours late) when i'd forgotten to take it (because i was pissed :-[) and still didn't have any problems. ;D

I still work without any problems, but i don't seem to get any side effects from anything! I'm still on Septrin (Bactrim) also as I wasn't diagnosed until i developed PCP!l and it's never even given me so much an upset stomach.

According to my consultant the side effects from Atripla subside after 4 - 6 weeks, I hope you are feeling better soon.

You can get disability benefits in the UK quite easily with HIV possibly even topped up with extra allowances ( not as good as 6 years ago when you could get a terminal illness statement). It's much less than i earn though so it isn't worth it for me.


Offline Broch

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Re: Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009, 08:28:17 PM »
Sxy, I feel ya for sure. I am starting my third week here and I admire your get-up-and-go attitude as well, as I have not yet returned to work!
Remember this:

We are "early" into treatment. It could all get way better within a matter of weeks.

Reactions are so diverse and it's tough to be in that small percentage of people who AREN'T saying "oh, no side effects whatsoever" or "it's like a sugar pill". WHATever! Don't feel discouraged just cuz you might be struggling.

Best advice I got came from another poster on here who had similar struggle, and eventually switched to another med regimen. We are lucky to be in a crop of treatment beginners who have LOTS of options. If you feel like you can't work and you can afford to be off, take off. If you think after a time that your level of functioning is not acceptable, tell your doc you are ready to switch!

Hope this helps!!!   ;D



Offline bufguy

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Re: Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2009, 01:47:50 PM »
I've been on Atripla since June, and have had no side effects since mid July. I'm an architect and get to work every morning at 7:15. I take my Atripla around 11:00 every evening (100% adherent). I work out 5 days per week and feel great.
You're still new to this. Give it a few weeks and I'll bet you'll be fine.

Good Luck!
5/29/08 confirmed HIV+
6/23/08 Vl 47500  CD4 511/29% CD8 .60
start atripla
8/1/08 Vl 130  CD4 667/31% CD8 .70
9/18/08 Vl un  CD4 not tested
12/19/08 Vl un CD4 723/32% CD8 .80
4/3/09 Vl un CD4 615/36% CD8  .98
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Offline 072508

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Re: Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2009, 05:40:35 PM »
Hi,

I have been on Atripla since Nov 18 now. At first like an hour or two after I take it I get the dizzy feeling or the feeling like Im floating. I also got the weird dreams. I had one that lasted all night long and I even woke up twice that night and it picked up where it left off. And then I had the red dot rash that only like 5% of people get some Im told of small unraised red dots from shoulders to torso. The rash was about a week into it and went away by itself after like 2 days. All side effects ceased after about 3-4 weeks. I take my pill at 9pm every night and I wake up as early as 4am sometimes for work. Hang in there. I hear the side effects fade fast. Avoid greasy foods before you take your pill. They say 2 hours I think. I would just steer clear of it whatsoever if at all possible.

Oh, and good luck! First time on meds and Atripla is my best friend. After only 2 weeks my cd4 went from 474 to 620 and I went from a VL of 22500 to 56, nearly undetectable and NOW I am undetectable!

IT SHOULD TREAT YOU WELL AS IT HAS DONE FOR SO MANY OTHERS!!!!! HANG IN THERE!!!

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Re: Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2009, 09:21:12 AM »
Sexynicca! I hope I'm not reading that you're taking ATRIPLA in the morning. It's meant to be taken at bedtime, and as I enter my second year on it I have probably missed/forgotten my dose less than 5 times. I never take it in the morning, because I simply could not work or drive or anything. I got the requisite rash on my arms which lasted exactly 6 days, came and went quickly in the first few weeks. My sleep issues were resolves with a 3mg melatonin pill taken a hour before bedtime.

Stay with it
- cd4 20 2/07 & 50K VL

**** 3/07 started ATRIPLA *******
- cd4 70 5/07 & Undetectable VL
- cd4 218 11/07 & Undetectable VL
-cd4 297 3/08 & Undetectable VL
-cd4 439 1/09 & Undetectable VL
-cd4 436 4/09 & Undetectable VL
-cd4 442 8/09 & Undetectable VL
-cd4 512 11/09 & Undetectable VL
-cd4 531 2/10 & Undetectable VL
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Offline Imnew2this

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Re: Do yall get up and go to work in the morning on Atripla??
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2009, 12:55:00 PM »
Coffee.  LOTS of coffee is what gets me going in the mornings. I still go to work daily as well, up at 630 am religiously and although it takes every ounce of effort I have to pull myself out of bed, once I have my first cup of coffee, I'm good to go.  I consider it a small price to pay for kicking some viral butt!  I've been on Atripla for 6 months and that's pretty much the only side effect I have.  It's not gotten any better at all since the first day I took it.  Could be worse tho.

 


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