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Offline HollyStar

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Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« on: February 26, 2009, 06:36:46 PM »
Hi everyone,

My dreams were so bazaar last night I had to share. I dream every night and usually there is a sense of danger in them. But with the Atripla, the dreams went a bit further. I must have had four or five dreams last night and none of them seemed to have an ending. The dog would wake me up or my bf would get up to eat something.

#1 My older brother and I were pulling into the drive way at the house we grew up in, driving our Dad and Stepmother's red camarro. The curtains were open in my brothers old room and there was this tough looking Mexican guy in a tee-shirt and tighty whities underwear on jumping on a bed. There was also (I'm assuming) his girlfriend in the room. We go inside. My brother had to talk business or something with these people so I went into the living room. There were more people in here and I sat on the couch with them. This one guy was looking at me in a way that made me uncomfortable. He came and sat next to me and put his hand on my thigh. I didn't want him to but he kept touching me. I yelled for my brother to come and help me. He came out and beat this guy up. I think I may have apologized to the guy, LOL. There was also a table in the hallway that had a dish of Hamburger Helper in it. I took a bite but didn't want to get my spit on the fork.

#2 This one involved my ID Doctor. There was this strange building where he would see his patients. When he was ready to see patients he had a crew loading in his equipment but it was like music recording equipment. I also had people after me and they finally caught me (these people were similar to the people that were on the TV show LOST last night). They made me go down these steps that led to the ocean and get in. They also got in. I was trying to fall behind a little so I could swim back towards the stairs and get out.

#3 Now this one is really strange. I was somewhere in southern California and Gandalf (from Lord of the Rings) gave me this special book that I had to take to a Realm in San Diego. I had to walk though. I didn't know which way to go. I spotted the ocean and knew that I would be able to travel north. I noticed a severe storm coming extremely fast and I needed to find shelter, because a Tsunami could come. I found this parking lot with a couple of RV buses. I was looking in the windows and looking in a compartment to see if I could hide there but it was way too small. I opened the door or the window and there were two people in there. They had brown, pointy teeth and were like rabid animals. I wanted shelter but they were dangerous. Then the door was closed and it's like they put in dentures or something because they suddenly had nice shiny white teeth. They were trying to coax me into the RV by acting like they were nibbling on dog or cat treats (mini pig ears). I knew something wasn't right and that's all I remember, LOL.

I can't quite remember the other one's but thought I would share, LOL. Anyone else feeling up to sharing their HAART induced dreams?
« Last Edit: February 26, 2009, 06:39:43 PM by HollyStar »
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2009, 07:12:36 PM »
Lucky you Star!!!,
I actually complained (lol) to my HIV Dr cause haven't had any psycidelic dreams.    Guess, ya, they have been more intense, and well bizzare, but not what I hoped for...

Thought as long as I had to go on A- trip-alot,  I should get the good side effects along with the not so good ones...

Well, still can't really complain,   have had some dizzy spells,  some mornings have a hang over headahe,  (reminds me of the good ole college days),   and after 11 days did get a mega rash covering almost all of my 2000 body parts.   Have had the rash for 7 days now, and it is starting to go away, and iches now.

Other than that,  Atripla is my first HIV med, and I am pleased. (so far)...
So anyway, Star,   hope you enjoy those dreams!!!!

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

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009, 08:21:35 PM »
on Sustiva, the zombies were always after me and usually had me cornered. These were dreams that had me waking up screaming a couple of times. A decade later, in my Chantix dreams (an anti-smoking med with a "vivid" dream side effect), I was armed, dangerous and whacking off zombie heads left and right. ;) I woke up once swinging my arms and whooping a war cry  ::) :D :D I scared the heck out of my dogs that night ROFL

It's easy to see that, in my dreams, my subconscious frequently deals with idea of me being infected by hiv. I am just glad to see that after all my years on meds and with my improved health, that my subconscious has some hope and seems to finally think I'm prevailing in the fight to keep the "evil" hiv at bay. WooHoo!

Out of curiosity, do you usually dream often? I mean, before these meds, would you say that you remembered many of your dreams? I won't say that I can remember dreaming every night; but it's very infrequent that I wake up and don't remember dreaming, along with what some of the dreams were about. I keep paper-n-pen by the bed for the times when I have woken up in the middle of the night and remembered a dream. Both Sustiva and Chantix increased the frequency and intensity of my dreams.
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Offline HollyStar

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009, 12:13:39 AM »
Hi there,

Sorry you are missing out on the Atripla dreams Bruce but I'm glad that your rash is finally going away.

Before I started the Meds, I did dream every single night. I usually remembered if not all of it but at least parts of the dreams. It was irritating really. It felt like I was watching some what disturbing movies all night and I never felt rested in the morning. Now with the Atripla added to the mix, sometimes the dreams are more vague and sometimes (like last night) they are more vivid. Even though there is still a sense of danger in the dreams, I find them less disturbing than before the meds, so whatever that means, LOL.

on Sustiva, the zombies were always after me and usually had me cornered. These were dreams that had me waking up screaming a couple of times. A decade later, in my Chantix dreams (an anti-smoking med with a "vivid" dream side effect), I was armed, dangerous and whacking off zombie heads left and right. ;) I woke up once swinging my arms and whooping a war cry  ::) :D :D I scared the heck out of my dogs that night ROFL

Too Funny Mikie, :D ;)
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'I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.' -Diande Ackerman

'Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?' -Frank Scully

'If your ship doesn't come, swim out to it.' - Jonathan Winters

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2009, 02:17:01 AM »
I've had so many weird dreams that I subconsciously dismiss them. I usually can’t remember them even though they are pretty strange. Its like I've trained myself to purge them from the mind after I wake up. Especially the one where jay leno is chasing me with a tub of cool whip and a paint brush...

Offline HollyStar

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2009, 02:23:12 AM »
I've had so many weird dreams that I subconsciously dismiss them. I usually can’t remember them even though they are pretty strange. Its like I've trained myself to purge them from the mind after I wake up. Especially the one where jay leno is chasing me with a tub of cool whip and a paint brush...

I wish I could purge my dreams, LOL. And Jay Leno chasing you with the cool whip and a paint brush, ummm, LMAO!
Diagnosed  July 28th 2003

'I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.' -Diande Ackerman

'Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?' -Frank Scully

'If your ship doesn't come, swim out to it.' - Jonathan Winters

Offline hermes

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2009, 08:11:55 AM »
I will be joining you probably on the dream front in a couple of weeks. I'm starting Atripla myself so I will have to let you know if I get some crazy ones. I normally dream very very vividly as it is so I'm wondering if the Sustiva will affect them at all...or make them even more bizarre. We'll see in a few weeks.

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2009, 10:49:41 AM »
Atripila unfortunately has not enhanced my dreams... oh well?

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2009, 07:08:26 PM »
The vivid dreams or more to the point, nightmares started when I started Atripla last June and even though their frequency has diminished a little, the garish qualities and weird special effects are one of the reasons I will be at the point of demanding I discontinue this crap come Friday next when I see my ID doc.

I had hoped that like I have read with others that the nightmares, shits, skin issues, crushing depression and loss of virtually any appetite would vanish within a few weeks but in my case, almost all have gotten progressively worse. I think the worst of the nightmares involve my mate, dead just over two years this month.

Just trying to remember or talk about him leaves me in tears, I have so many unanswered questions, such a longing to continue on with him. The worst part of the nightmares involving him are usually his inability or capability to answer me when I ask him questions or try to interact with him in any way in the nightmares. It is a torture that never seems to end as the nightmare picks right back up where it left off if I am lucky (?) enough to doze back off after waking myself from one of them. I know this is not healthy to grieve for and about him for so long, so in spite of the few rough times we had in our years together I have no closure, no relief. I do hope that a local group I joined recently can give me clues on how to deal with this.

I muddle on, day to day, pick up the face by the door, put it on, go to work, come home exhausted beyond belief to take it off, crash and burn until the next day, when I start all over again. My only hope at this point is to change meds and find people with the answers that will return me to a halfway "normal" sense of life and living. I have not learned enough on how to totally relax and not feel as though I am a lazy bum if I am not constantly filling my waking hours with "productivity".

I am sorry for going so far off your topic, I am sure this is far more than you or anyone else cares to know about how I feel about anything.
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2009, 10:55:12 PM »
Hi maddalfred,

I'm so sorry that your are having such a rough time with the Atripla. I didn't mean for my thread to seem so flipant as though the side effects weren't difficult for myself and others. I have been lucky though not to have out right nightmares. I'm also glad to hear that you will be discussing this with your ID Doctor. I hope that you will find a regimen that works better for your life.

And I am so sorry to hear about your mate. I know that it can't be easy grieving for him and being reminded in your dreams every night about it. I hope that the group you found recently provides you with what you are seeking or at least some knowledge on how to find your answers. Also, I do care about how you are feeling and so do others here. Let us know how your appointment goes.

P.S. It's ok to take a little YOU time. :-*
Diagnosed  July 28th 2003

'I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.' -Diande Ackerman

'Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?' -Frank Scully

'If your ship doesn't come, swim out to it.' - Jonathan Winters

Offline lonewolf

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2009, 10:38:28 AM »
Fred,  my heart and thoughts go out to you today.  Can only imagine how empty your life is loosing your loving partner.  Then adding the complications that everyday living puts on our menu.
Also, can only imagine, when you think of your loved one during the day, then your night dreams are filled with him too.  It has to be rough. 

Holly, well had my first  nightmare last nite,   in three segments,  actually woke up,  and then when I would go back to sleep, it would continue.  Was actually scary.     All my dreams have been very detailed, but not scary.   Most have included people from my life years ago,  but in an odd and combined assortment. 

Well have BBQ pulled chicken in the crock pot, and will make mashed potatoes,   Fred, and Holly, you should come up to the woods here in Northern MN today for a lunch of comfort foods.  Don't forget your winter coat, it is -15 below  (9:30 am) right now!!
Hugs,  Bruce
« Last Edit: February 28, 2009, 10:42:14 AM by lonewolf »
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Offline HollyStar

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2009, 08:53:34 PM »
Sorry about the nightmares Bruce. I hope with time that they will be 'happier'. If I wasn't so far away, I would come for lunch, lol.

More weird dreams last night too. My bf and I went to China but traveling there was really strange and not by normal means. There was this odd 1950's style dinner that had the Coor's (American beer) logo all over it and there were Chinese men in military uniforms. There was hardly anyone around and there wasn't much to do. My bf got a phone call on his cell phone. I knew it was his drug dealer and he was able to get his drugs in China. The dream changed and got stranger and stranger. Completely bazaar.
Diagnosed  July 28th 2003

'I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.' -Diande Ackerman

'Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?' -Frank Scully

'If your ship doesn't come, swim out to it.' - Jonathan Winters

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2009, 09:25:42 PM »
Holly,  you should write a book,  enhance each of those dreams.   WOW.    Good stuff.
I can't get over how graffic, intense  our dreams are, hey.   
Well, time for big O, (orange pill) and then think I will get ready for my next dream.

Nite  Hugs,   Bruce
PS dinner turned out pretty durn good.
"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

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2009, 11:26:59 PM »
I am new on Atripla. I wonder why I can't have these vivid dreams. I feel I am being cheated.
10/07 Infected
11/07 Seroconversion
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10/08 VL 286  CD4 724  (No Meds)
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Offline MitchMiller

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2009, 12:51:10 AM »
Holly:

It sounds like you're really worried about you BF's involvement with illegal drugs.  Do u think he's somehow involved, using or selling, drugs?

It also sounds like this economic tidal wave of bad news has you worried (hence the California connection ... where you've no doubt heard some of the worst news is originating from)... and you seem to be concerned about your medical security in these times of financial uncertainty.  Sounds like you sometimes feel you're not in control of the path your life is taking.. and that others are pulling you in directions you don't think you should be taking.

Now.. do you think I can get a radio talk show .. like the one on AM radio called the Dream Reader (or something like that... LOL.

Offline HollyStar

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2009, 01:21:38 AM »
Hi everyone,

Yes, I am getting ready to swallow the orange horse pill myself.

Mitch, My bf is an addict, so you got that one! I would call your radio show if you had one, well if I listened to AM radio I would, LOL.

clsoca, I'm sorry that you feel cheated out of the dreams. I have to tell you though, that the vast majority of the time, I wish that I didn't dream. I never feel rested and they are usually strange. But maybe I would feel differently if I didn't dream!?

Bruce, you are not the first person to suggest that I write. This particular thread does not show any real writing ability (to me) but I had to write them as I could remember them. If I added too much more, my posts about the dreams could have been quite lengthy, lol.

I don't know if it is coincidence or not but it seems the longer I have been taking the Atripla, the more vivid and bazaar my dreams have gotten on a regular basis. I wonder if this is temporary. I hope so, well they aren't that scary so I can deal with them if they aren't. I just want a deep, restful, long and rejuvenating sleep. One can only hope.

P.S. I'm glad dinner turned out good. I LOVE potatoes and Chicken.
Diagnosed  July 28th 2003

'I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.' -Diande Ackerman

'Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?' -Frank Scully

'If your ship doesn't come, swim out to it.' - Jonathan Winters

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2009, 01:16:02 PM »
Holly and everyone !

I think there needs to be a separate thread for Atripla dreams.  This is so funny to read!!!!  I had a couple of vivid dreams, but I can never remember them.  I know I woke up and the dreams picked up where I left off.  Its hilarious to read the dreams of others though !!!!

Keep the coming.

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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
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Offline HollyStar

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2009, 06:10:00 PM »
Hi everyone,

Oh the dreams! The one last night was about my older brother and Chris Robinson (from the Black Crowes band) doing heroin. I watched my brother shoot up and then there was Chris Robinson shooting up. My brother went out of the picture. I remember wanting to do it too but I was too scared. The heroin was dark, almost like ink. The dope also would come out of these weird tubes (like the refillable cartridges for a fountain or calligraphy pen). The dream changed and it seemed that Chris Robinson liked me, lol. I think he was trying to get me on his tour bus. I did and he wanted me and I wanted him. He laid next to me but I couldn't do it. I didn't want to tell him about my HIV and the other two lovely viruses I have. I also didn't want to cheat on my bf. After a while his tour bus started driving on the the freeway at quite a slow pace. There were no other cars around. People were walking on foot behind the bus. Strange.

The dream changed again several times and I had another one but I would need Hollywood special effects to explain it, LOL.

I have been getting into the habit of eating foods I shouldn't shortly after pill time. I am really going to try and not eat before or after pill time and see if it has an effect on the dreams or not. We'll see. I hope to hear more of others experiences with the med induced dreams too.
Diagnosed  July 28th 2003

'I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.' -Diande Ackerman

'Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?' -Frank Scully

'If your ship doesn't come, swim out to it.' - Jonathan Winters

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2009, 07:46:03 PM »
They will have to pry the Sustiva out of my cold hands.  In one of my more recent that I remember, I was cleaning the bilge of my sailboat and having a problem betting the pump to work.  Angelina Jolie drives up in a jeep to help.  Jon Voight comes along and helps us pick up the boat by the bow, turn it over on its side and dump the water out.  Brad Pitt gets out of an El Camino and says, I need to borrow your boato to go to the next towno.  Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Brad Pitt and I raise the sails while The Beach Boys sing Sloop John B.

Having started and finished the American Lung Assn smoke enders class, I just got my diploma and have been on Chantix since Jan 3rd.  Chantix causes dreams but not as colorful and as vivid as Sustiva.  In my Chantix dream, I marry Walter and he gives birth to our first child... a Cocker Spaniel.  We name him Little Milton because he is the grandson of GlaxoSmithKline.  Little Milton enters and wins First Place in the International HAIKU Contest with the entry, "Do Not Tell Me, I Am Responsible For Your Throw-up"   ;D  Have the best day
Michael

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2009, 11:06:38 PM »
Only the fourth night on Sustiva.. and I made out with George Michael already! Hope it gets better... and I don't mind my dreams turning into episodes of Eli Stone.

(I know the idea is disgusting to some, but I woke up with a smile despite the nausea possibly caused by Epzicom)
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
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Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
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June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2009, 10:02:34 AM »
George Michael,  grrrrrrr.
Alas my nightly (but not psychadelic) Atripla dreams have not included any thing sexual yet.
Just very intense, wierd, but very detailed.   And if I wake up to go pee, and then go back to sleep the dream continues,    go figure.
Hugs, Bruce
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2009, 04:29:09 PM »
Hi everyone,

Michael, that last bit about giving birth to a cocker spaniel is too funny, LOL.

Komnaes, I'm glad that you seem to be enjoying your Sustiva dreams.

Bruce, I heard several years ago from a nurse that worked with HIV+ patients, that if you watch some soft porn before bed, it can make your Sustiva dreams more pleasant. :o

I only ate a few crackers after pill time last night. The dreams were not as vivid last night and now seem a bit vague. But there were two cabins in the woods and a big bear was sniffing at the corner of the roof where there was a hole. I think there was something about a ferret being eaten but I really can't remember much more. So, I am wondering if it really is the fatty foods that increase the vivid dreams.
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2009, 09:44:01 PM »
Actually I cannot be totally sure that the George Michael's dream was Sustiva induced.. I am also on Epzicom and it was making me very nausea yesterday so much so that I had to go back to bed after waking up, and the dream happened after I fell back to sleep. I usually had weird dreams like this even before meds - woke up too early and then fell back to sleep.

So far I have to say I have LESS dreams than before, and unable to sleep is a big trouble for me for the last few days.
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2009, 09:46:28 PM »
Speaking of Cocker Spaniels...I dreamed my cocker had a colostomy that had to be changed frequently and she would NEVER be still long enough for me to change the bag and would run around the house with poop going everywhere!

I don't mind the dreams.  In fact, I have woke up out of sleep laughing my head off several times.  I think it's hilarious when I get up to use the bathroom and the dream continues after lying back down.  

I've had a few sexual dreams, but not enough haha. 

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2009, 10:46:46 PM »
Actually I cannot be totally sure that the George Michael's dream was Sustiva induced.. I am also on Epzicom and it was making me very nausea yesterday so much so that I had to go back to bed after waking up, and the dream happened after I fell back to sleep. I usually had weird dreams like this even before meds - woke up too early and then fell back to sleep.

So far I have to say I have LESS dreams than before, and unable to sleep is a big trouble for me for the last few days.

I know what you mean about being unable to sleep. The first few days of Atripla, I woke up very often. It has gotten better but it is rare for me to have a great nights sleep anyway.

Speaking of Cocker Spaniels...I dreamed my cocker had a colostomy that had to be changed frequently and she would NEVER be still long enough for me to change the bag and would run around the house with poop going everywhere!

I don't mind the dreams.  In fact, I have woke up out of sleep laughing my head off several times.  I think it's hilarious when I get up to use the bathroom and the dream continues after lying back down.  

I've had a few sexual dreams, but not enough haha. 

Cocker Spaniels are on a few peoples minds then, eh? LOL. Is your dog potty trained?
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2009, 10:41:30 PM »
Hi everyone,

More dreams last night. My bf and I were at a laundry mat getting our clothes out of the washing machines. The clothes that I was taking out were already dry but my bf's clothes were still wet. Another dream, I was making hand-made wedding invitations. They really looked terrible and I was trying to cut a straight edge with the scissors but it was always crooked.

I hope you all are having pleasant dreams.

P.S. I'll be watching LOST tonight, so we'll see if it comes into my dreams again tonight.
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2009, 02:57:04 PM »
Well, lets see,  a synopsis of the last couple of my dreams.

One was walking back to my car after work (or trying to find it), and ended  up walking in a big deep  in the ground gravel/mining pit, that had a roof on it.  There were doors all around the edges, and myself and a few others were trying to find one that would open so we could get out.    Got in through a door, thinking it was just a big building.     Finally found a door to get out,  and lo and behold, was on ground level again in the sun light.

Another was,  "they" were rounding up most of the citizens of St. Cloud MN  (I don't even live anywhere near there!!!) to  gas and execute them.   Of course I somehow got mixed up in the horror, and was running and hiding for my life.   (This one, I woke up to pee, then falling back to sleep it continued).

Most of my dreams do not include anyone close to me,  i.e. family or friends,  go figure,  but include a mixed bag of people that were in my life 20 years ago!!!???

Again nothing sexual yet,  just plain weird.   (Holly, tried looking at "pictures" on the internet, but that didn't help.   hmmmmm.    Oh well.

And nothing psychedelic either,  double darn,   and I am old enough to have been was a flower child during the 60's and 70's.  
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2009, 07:26:22 PM »
I wonder if those who report no special dreams on Sustiva also tend not to have other side effects from Sustiva. I just went back on this drug a few weeks ago. I think it is just temporary until I start yet another combo maybe as soon as next week.
Sustiva drives me a bit nuts during waking hours, but I am among the ones who do enjoy the psychedelic dreams.  Luckily mine are not nightmares. It is clearly sustiva. The fantasy shut down after i stopped taking it and started right up again when I restarted the drug.
Well, i guess it will be a mixed bag, most combinations. Still happy to have the drugs, better than nothing, and you might as well enjoy the little bonus, if you get it.

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2009, 07:54:11 PM »
I wonder if those who report no special dreams on Sustiva also tend not to have other side effects from Sustiva. I just went back on this drug a few weeks ago. I think it is just temporary until I start yet another combo maybe as soon as next week.
Sustiva drives me a bit nuts during waking hours, but I am among the ones who do enjoy the psychedelic dreams.  Luckily mine are not nightmares. It is clearly sustiva. The fantasy shut down after i stopped taking it and started right up again when I restarted the drug.
Well, i guess it will be a mixed bag, most combinations. Still happy to have the drugs, better than nothing, and you might as well enjoy the little bonus, if you get it.

Hubby and I had minimal dreams and almost no other side effects from Atripla / Sustiva.  Dreams were a bit more vivid at first, but not all that intense.  I had some problems eating fatty foods around the time I took it initially (Duh!) but now that's not an issue at all.  Neither of us had any rash, depression, or other side effects.
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2009, 04:25:58 PM »
Well, last night or actually this mornings dreams made me want to quit Atripla. I don't know if it was the med that gave me the dreams as it was about 10-12 hours after dosing. But I woke up and cried. In my dream I woke up to find my bf was gone. I looked outside and saw his truck was gone. I could see headlights up the hill and knew he must be getting drugs. I went outside and screamed and these two figures started walking down the road towards the house. One of the figures was rather large, kinda like bigfoot. I think they came into the house trying to get me or scare me or something. That part is kinda fuzzy so I won't go into it. After a while I go back to sleep in my dream and wake up to find my bf sleeping next to me again. I accused him of getting dope but he denied it. I knew he must be telling the truth because if he did get any he wouldn't be sleeping next to me. So I asked him what he was doing and he told me he fucked our neighbors sister and for a long time. I was so heart broken and he had no remorse at all.

It has taken me about an hour to calm down after that dream. I really hope that I don't have any more dreams like this and if I do, I may seriously consider going on different meds. It was that disturbing to me. I was still thinking about the dream after waking up and my brain wasn't thinking clearly. This time it scared me. The meds I mean.
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #30 on: March 06, 2009, 08:16:23 PM »
I remember when I started on Truvada/Sustiva then Atripla my dreams were so vivid.

Now I don't have those dreams anymore and take the pill doesn't really phase me anymore  :)
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2009, 07:33:04 AM »
You guys are nuts and I love it!  ;D
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2009, 07:34:31 PM »
You guys are nuts and I love it!  ;D

These meds certaintly can fuck with your head, that's for sure!!! I'm also a female, just so you know!

The longer I've been taking these pills the more often and vivid my dreams are. I thought it would be the reverse. I'll give it some more time though before I consider changing my regimen.
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #33 on: March 10, 2009, 12:59:00 AM »
I've been taking Sustiva for nearly six years and still have the same vivid dreams I had from day one.
Something that might help... take two aspirin before going to bed.  That sometimes makes me dream less, for at least the first four hours.
Don't take melatonin.  I take it almost every night and it definitely enhances the dreams, but it also helps me sleep better.

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #34 on: March 11, 2009, 09:50:33 PM »
Still? After six years? Ugg!

Last nights dream. I was in a snowy village and decided to go for a walk. I was eating a turkey and cheese sandwich walking along in the snow. I knew I shouldn't be eating food outside the safety of the village but I did anyway. Three weasels came to me. They seemed interested in the food. There were two mountains that joined up the hill. There were elk or reindeer walking on a path that weaved between the mountains. Suddenly I heard a huge roar. It was a huge panda bear which also happened to be the mother of the three weasels. I was then hurrying to get back to the village to blow the horn (alarm) to alert the village. People were trying to close the gates and were trying to shoot the panda. It took forever for it to go down it seemed. Then it just lay there, bloody and dead.

So, Mitch, I guess if I stayed on the Atripla, I might keep having these vivid dreams? I really thought they would decrease. ???
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #35 on: March 11, 2009, 10:18:22 PM »
I have always had vivid dreams but now they are even more vivid since I've been on Truvada / SUstiva.  Last night I had a dream I was 11 years back in high school and we were at some sort of meeting but it was in a record store where I saw that Nine INch Nails were playing (one of my favorite bands). Trent Reznor and I were face to face (yea, I have many dirty thoughts about that man) and it was just heaven. Like high school, many of the people were disgusted by the type of music NIN produce. Which put me in my glory.

The night before that I was at my mother's house and she had a hot tub and there were these crazy bugs flying around all bloody.  It was so vivid. Me trying to relax in a hot tub with all of these dripping bloody bugs that I've never seen before flying into glass and trying to get us.

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #36 on: March 12, 2009, 11:20:20 PM »
Holly: 

I think the dreams subside for some, but not for others.  You may want to take a look at this article "Low-Dose Efavirenz Safe for Some" which is published on AidsMeds. 

Unfortunately this test is not yet commercially available.  However I personally feel  many of us are overdosing on the ARV's.  I don't know of any test besides this one, where a reduced dose was tried AFTER being undetectable for a long period of time.

My theory is it would just add cost to the manufacturing process, plus expensive trials to detemine if a lower dose would work for a maintenance regimen for patients that have been undetectable on the full dose for at least three years.  No profit motive.
 

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #37 on: March 13, 2009, 02:38:03 PM »
I tried Sustiva about 6 years ago for 6 months. The only dream I remember is that I was in charge of caring for Ron and Nancy Reagan. They were in this huge mansion and I was to serve them dinner. Nancy was very bossy and just a total bitch (true in real life I imagine). She demanded that I had feed Ron who was in a wheelchair looking out a window with his back to me.
I slowly walked with tray in hand to him and put the tray down next to him. At that point he had his head down and slightly turned away from me. I told him I was going to help him with his dinner and he slowly....turned his face towards me only to reveal it was full of KS sores. He looked at me with death in his eyes and did not say a word.
As horrible as he looked, I remember smiling as I took his food and begin feeding him. This dream seemed to last for hours until Nancy came up behind me and asked me if I enjoyed feeding her decrepit husband. To which I answered "It has been an honor and a pleasure to see Mr President" before I picked up the tray and laughed all the way back to their kitchen.
I woke up and thought I was still in their mansion and had the laugh of my life at 3 AM waking my partner who also thought the dream was amazing and probably something that I had in the back of my mind.
After that the Sustiva caused me to go totally bonkers! I started having severe halllucinations and even had a few 'out of body' experiences at work. In one scenario I was serving a woman her dinner (at that time I was working in a fine dining restaurant as a server) and she asked for a steak knife. I recall sitting on a ledge near the ceiling and watching myself going to the wait station, getting a knife and I proceeded to stab her. When I came out of my pschotic state, I was standing with a steak knife and just staring at her. She and the rest of the table were just watching me as I had the knife a few feet from her reach and could not bring my self to give it to her. I guess it was apparent to the server assistant as he walked over and took the knife from my hand and gave it to her.
I then went to the maitre'd and told him I could no longer work there and just took off my coat and apron and went out the door.
It was a few days later that my doc did a baker act on me and I stayed in a mental ward for nearly a month while the drug left my body.
Strange reaction huh? leave it to me to be in that tiny percentage who developed severe mental complications from the drug! A bit later I applied for SSDI and it was awarded to me in around 6 weeks, no questions asked!
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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2009, 04:01:03 PM »
I am on atripla (but 2 pills stocrin + truvada) and in nearly 3 months since I started this treatment, I got very few vivid dreams, maybe 3 or 4.

But got one last night.

It was about my gf who were in trouble, and I had spent a fair amount of my night (I am guessing), trying to save her.
I was progressing till I find her and delivered her after a shooting (again) those who hurt her and others people.

It wasn't really a nightmare, I was just worrying for her.

Now the good things is when I woke up, I find my dear sleeping next to me, and I just hug her.

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Re: Atripla/Sustiva Dreams...WEEEEEEEEEEE
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2009, 04:30:24 PM »
I am waiting for a supply of Intelence to arrive, so I can change my combo. In the meantime, still on Sustiva. My god i had trippy day on the slopes today. It was fun.  Has anyone heard and enjoyed the new Lily Allen by the way.  Good ski music, funny lyrics, up tempo.
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