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Author Topic: First Day on Atripla  (Read 6520 times)

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Offline TNDude

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First Day on Atripla
« on: March 18, 2009, 11:30:31 PM »
I started Atripla last night and I woke constantly every hour or two. Very vivid dreams and some mild sweating. I guess I knew this was possible, just hoped I wouldn't experience it. Felt pretty rough the first half of the day today. Im about to take it again tonite. Nervous, but hoping it will slowly get better with each dose. I have read on here that the first few weeks can be tough.  :-\

VL was 106,000
CD4 408

Offline positivmat

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009, 05:29:06 AM »
My first day was similar. My night sweats continue (not like they were b4) but every night nonetheless. I am only on day 22. I can sleep 5 hours now no problem. Don't know if that is atrip or my mental distress (I am prone to insomnia). I am waiting to see if these things go away. There was a dramatic change after the first day though. Good luck and keep me posted.

Offline positivmat

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009, 05:30:54 AM »
Also, cd4 325 v/l 800,000

Offline franfrog

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009, 07:47:10 AM »
Well as I did not start out on Atripla when I was diagnosed 4 years ago, I did start on susiva, which is one part of the atripla combo.  I also was up on a constant hourly basis with hallucinations and still continue to have vivid dreams and sweats.  It actually lasted a day and got better each day.  Now I am on Atripla and since I was taking the sustiva there is no difference, I do continue to get dreams they are not nearly like what you experience the first day or two.  I do seem to have days that are worse then others but, nothing that can not be handled.
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 TNDude

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009, 12:50:37 PM »
Wow what a difference a day makes! After having such a rough first nite as I wrote about above, my second night (last night) was a HUGE difference. I slept so well. Woke up once I think. And today I feel great, so much better than yesterday.

Offline Fri213

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2009, 06:48:50 PM »
I'm probably going to start Atripla on 4/1. I hope it's as easy to adjust as it seems it has for you.
12/15/07   HIV -
02/13/09   HIV +
02/18/09   CD4 235 (28%) VL 21,300
03/16/09   CD4 248 (25%) VL 34,900
04/02/09   Start Atripla
05/12/09   CD4 314 (24%) VL 577
08/11/09   CD4 351 (22%) VL Undetectable
11/18/09   CD4 400 (27%) VL 60
02/24/10  CD4 335 (28%)  VL Undetectable
05/26/10  CD4 518 (37%) VL 207
08/25/10  CD4 502 (30%) VL Undetectable
11/24/10  CD4 585 (33%) VL 52
02/23/11  CD4 382 (31%) VL Undetectable

Offline positivmat

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2009, 08:22:01 PM »
You.should be fine. The side effects get to be less each day. I actually felt good today  I was having trouble catching my breath when I play tennis and today was like 4 months ago. it feels good to know that something is killing the virus. Pm me if u want to talk
Matt

Offline RedbeardNC

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2009, 09:47:03 PM »
Part of that is probably a little panic.  The side effects do go away, a lot quicker than I expected.   It knocked out my 750,000 VL completely in 4 weeks.  Night sweats lasted about 2-3 weeks off and on, weird dreams subsided about a week after that - I only get the weird dreams now if I drink that night.   It's all worth it.   My CD4s are going up slow but I only had 2 when I was diagnosed.   This is an awesome drug - stick with it!

Offline Structure310

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2009, 05:14:27 PM »
Gonna start on Atripla in a little over a week after my big meeting at work.  Good to hear what to expect and that the sideeffects tend to go away.  I already tend to have bad dreams to begin with without remembering them though.

Offline franfrog

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2009, 07:59:18 PM »
It definitely is a weird medication.  I still have weird dreams and ones that seem so real I can not believe it.  I was on the sustiva which is in the atipla and did great, now on the atripla and will get results Tuesday to see if it does just as well.  I think these medications are unbelievable what they do now.  I think you will always have some sort of side effects but just have to learn to deal with them and know that they are going to get better.
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 WillyWump

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2009, 09:03:11 PM »
I too will be beginning Atripla, as soon as my case manager finds a way to pay for it :)

Good to hear these stories, makes me more at ease !

Will
POZ since '08

Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
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Offline jampdx

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2009, 01:02:39 AM »
I too will be beginning Atripla, as soon as my case manager finds a way to pay for it :)

Good to hear these stories, makes me more at ease !

Will

Hey Will, you may already know this and be on top of it, but there are many grants and Atripla's website has forms for applying for assistance.  Just wanted to pass that along in case you hadn't heard, I hate that anyone has to go without. 
*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-Infected 1/6/2009
Positive 2/9/2009
3/8/2009:  CD4 603  VL f\'d up by lab and having to redraw
4/7/2009 CD4 650 VL 348
6/24/2009 cd4 964 VL 850
9/26/2009 CD4 546 VL 822
7/22/13 CD4 1080 VL 2,220

Offline myendgame

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2009, 10:47:43 PM »
TNDude, glad to to hear your sleeping got better. I start Atripla tonight. I'm kind of concerned about the possible side effects but I'm not worried too much...
Dec 08 Seroconversion
Feb 12 09: Diagnosis
Feb 26 09: CD4 380 / VL 39,000
Started Atripla March 30th 09
May 1 09: CD4 450 / VL 310!!!

Offline Imnew2this

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2009, 11:17:17 PM »
Good luck myendgame!  First few nights are a trip, LITERALLY, but well worth it to kick viral butt!

Offline TNDude

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2009, 12:41:36 AM »
I'm almost 3 weeks in and side effects are minimal. I get dizzy about 2 hours after I take it (if I'm still up). The only other thing I am noticing is increased acne on my face. Anyone else experience this? Does it go away? How do you address it? Over the counter acne creams?

Offline Fri213

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2009, 07:49:14 PM »
I'm about 3 hours from my first dose. I'm a bit nervous.  :-\
12/15/07   HIV -
02/13/09   HIV +
02/18/09   CD4 235 (28%) VL 21,300
03/16/09   CD4 248 (25%) VL 34,900
04/02/09   Start Atripla
05/12/09   CD4 314 (24%) VL 577
08/11/09   CD4 351 (22%) VL Undetectable
11/18/09   CD4 400 (27%) VL 60
02/24/10  CD4 335 (28%)  VL Undetectable
05/26/10  CD4 518 (37%) VL 207
08/25/10  CD4 502 (30%) VL Undetectable
11/24/10  CD4 585 (33%) VL 52
02/23/11  CD4 382 (31%) VL Undetectable

Offline positivmat

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2009, 10:37:07 PM »
Its gonna be fine. I just got tests back from first month cd4 up to 544 from 325 and v/l down to 2,993 from 800,000. You will probably be dizzy tomorrow morning but after that it should get better. Good luck

Offline jampdx

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2009, 11:11:53 PM »
Fri213,

Consider it the most expensive drink you've ever drank. ;)  You'll be fine, don't worry about it.  It's not chemo babe.  Easy for me to say, I know.
*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-Infected 1/6/2009
Positive 2/9/2009
3/8/2009:  CD4 603  VL f\'d up by lab and having to redraw
4/7/2009 CD4 650 VL 348
6/24/2009 cd4 964 VL 850
9/26/2009 CD4 546 VL 822
7/22/13 CD4 1080 VL 2,220

Offline mecch

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2009, 12:00:04 AM »
Wow what a difference a day makes! After having such a rough first nite as I wrote about above, my second night (last night) was a HUGE difference. I slept so well. Woke up once I think. And today I feel great, so much better than yesterday.
Besides some minor sleep problems and anxiety that was unrelated to this specific combination, i felt absolutely terrific the first week.  You were treatement naive? So you understand that your virus levels are being cut dramatically down, many times over, every day.  Enjoy. Be thankful.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline hades01

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2009, 11:54:55 AM »
Hi,
I been on atripla for about 5 months and i didnt have any side effects. only about 2 or 3 crazy dreams but it has work for me!
Good Luck to all!
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 Fri213

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2009, 12:23:27 PM »
The first dose was uneventlful. I did lay in a half-awake / half-asleep state for a couple of hours but I think that was just my anxiety. I did notice some mild dizziness when I got up to use the bathroom but it wasn't bad. I slept well the rest of the night and woke up just fine. I did feel very, very slightly drunk for about half an hour after I got up, but other than that nothing.

I did dream and I can say it was a weird one but I wouldn't call it vivid by any means. It wasn't disturbing at all. It was amusing now that I think about it LOL. I treated myself to a couple extra hours of sleep too and I feel great!

12/15/07   HIV -
02/13/09   HIV +
02/18/09   CD4 235 (28%) VL 21,300
03/16/09   CD4 248 (25%) VL 34,900
04/02/09   Start Atripla
05/12/09   CD4 314 (24%) VL 577
08/11/09   CD4 351 (22%) VL Undetectable
11/18/09   CD4 400 (27%) VL 60
02/24/10  CD4 335 (28%)  VL Undetectable
05/26/10  CD4 518 (37%) VL 207
08/25/10  CD4 502 (30%) VL Undetectable
11/24/10  CD4 585 (33%) VL 52
02/23/11  CD4 382 (31%) VL Undetectable

Offline Structure310

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2009, 06:32:37 PM »
Had my first dose last night.  I have been groggy/dizzy all day today at work.  Is this normal?  I did have vivid/weird dreams last night, but I slept well for the most part.  No other major side effects other than the dizziness that I'm currently experiencing.

Offline Fri213

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2009, 02:33:55 PM »
The grogginess/dizzyness will ease up after a few weeks, maybe less. I've noticed I'm not really getting the headaches anymore either. I do wish I had a little more energy but I think that will come in time. It hasn't even been 4 weeks for me yet. I take that as a good sign.
12/15/07   HIV -
02/13/09   HIV +
02/18/09   CD4 235 (28%) VL 21,300
03/16/09   CD4 248 (25%) VL 34,900
04/02/09   Start Atripla
05/12/09   CD4 314 (24%) VL 577
08/11/09   CD4 351 (22%) VL Undetectable
11/18/09   CD4 400 (27%) VL 60
02/24/10  CD4 335 (28%)  VL Undetectable
05/26/10  CD4 518 (37%) VL 207
08/25/10  CD4 502 (30%) VL Undetectable
11/24/10  CD4 585 (33%) VL 52
02/23/11  CD4 382 (31%) VL Undetectable

Offline Structure310

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2009, 04:04:29 PM »
I do think, as others have mentioned, that Atripla does cause Bruxism (grinding of teeth).  I think that this is also a temporary side effect.  I have Bruxism (before taking Atripla) and the medication made it worse.  I suspect the headaches people report are a result of grinding their teeth at night.  The feeling of wanting to grind my teeth has worn off at Week 3 however.

Offline justaguy

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2009, 09:57:08 PM »
My one week update:  I'm feeling SO MUCH better.  Those first few days were concerning.  My energy was low, my lymph nodes were SORE instead of just enlarged, and I just didn't feel like my usual self.  After a week, my lymph nodes have actually reduced noticeably in size (after almost a year of being enlarged), and I feel a lot more energetic.  I've been taking care not to drink and to make sure I get plenty of sleep, and I can report no weird dreams, no more hangover feelings in the mornings, and I'm happy.  Can't wait to get the lab results.
Estimated infection: 3/2008
Tested HIV positive: 3/31/2009
CD4 136/unknown %/VL 150,000: 4/6/2009
Started Atripla 4/17/2009
CD4 255/19%/VL 409 5/27/2009
CD4 247/??/VL 161 6/27/2009
CD4 257/21%/VL 60 7/22/2009
CD4 352/22%/VL Undetectable 10/21/2009
CD4 490/27%/VL Undetectable 2/15/2010
CD4 397/?/VL Undetectable 7/2/2010

Offline clsoca

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2009, 10:45:51 PM »
It's a bit weird how differrent people experience differrent side-effects. One side effect I continue to experience is ringing in the ears. It's real loud about 2 hours after ingestion and crops up from time to time during the day.
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 francophile

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Re: First Day on Atripla
« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2009, 10:57:34 PM »
I started Atripla 10 days ago.  The first night wasn't bad, but the second night was.  I had a really violent dream that freaked me out (luckily my doctor had warned me this might happen) and the dizziness in the morning was like I was drunk.  I have not had a dream again, and the dizziness has been pretty much gone since the fourth morning.  Yesterday I noticed that I'm getting the rash, but it doesn't itch (yet).  I've been reading these posts since before I took the first pill, so I'm glad this site exists.  If I hadn't read the posts (and if my doctor had not prewarned me) I would have lost it.  Reading these experiences made it a lot easier.

 


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