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Author Topic: starting Truvada / Norvir and Reyataz  (Read 1546 times)

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Offline mikeme01

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starting Truvada / Norvir and Reyataz
« on: June 10, 2009, 04:41:10 PM »
i just came back from the Doc and he prescribed me Truvada, Norvir and Reyataz he says there are minimal side effects -- anyone on this combination? still worried about having to take meds  :-[

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Re: starting Truvada / Norvir and Reyataz
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009, 05:24:20 PM »
Mike, you can check out my thread, which is about my initial reactions to Reyatz, Norvir, Truvada which is pretty much day by day recounting of the experience. It is ongoing and I'm up to 20 doses.

I would say it has been relatively easy.

If you check this forum, you'll see reassurances that it works and is easy enough.

we are all different and react differently. but this is what I've noted,

Gastric upset... There are some gastric upset that can occur. I took preventative measures. Fiber and glutamine drink and Yogurt drink to wash the pills down. Activa drinkable yogurt. and I had a english muffin with peanut butter and jelly or honey for breakfast.

i was drinking coffee, but that might add to the upset, so I stopped. Switched to tea, and now I'm off caffeine for now. Although, if I get a headache, I'll take some.

Generally Mild gastic effect. Some gas, (truvada), Some rumbling. I did not have diarrhea. But the Fiber/glutamine/yogurt may have helped stabilize it... but who knows.

If at all I felt nausea, I took a freezed dried ginger cap. Ginger in known for it anti nausea affects. I took maybe 3 caps.

Occasional headache perhap in the afternoon if your dosing in the morning. Like a caffeine withdrawl headache. i did take some sips of pepsi, and it helped alot.

Afternoon, you might feel it in your head. Just a feeling or a mild pressure in your head. Yesterday i had a headache, today, I have this slight pressure feeling.

Oh, and I started feeling in general better almost immediately. Since I've been POZ for 5 years without meds, over the last 6 months, I've not been feeling well at all. Quickly, I just started feeling better in just a few days.

After the 1st week, i didn't really notice any sides. I continue with my breakfast routine though. I even had a hard physical weekend out and about and it wasn't a problem... felt pretty good, and when i was recovering from the exertion, it only took me 1 day to recover, not 4 as it was before.

After two weeks, I had to change my combo and add norvir... its a long story and in my log. So I'm going through another adjustment. I thought it would be cake, but yesterday, day 5 of the revised combo, i actually felt the worst. I had a headache and got tired. But better on day 6.

My digestive performance has improved dramatically. I'm sure that the yogurt/fiber and glutamine are helping, but its been much better. I'm not as tired all the time. Don't need a nap. And started staying up really late. (too late... get your sleep in the transition!)

Feedback I've had is that the Reyataz/Truvada/Norvir combo is generally very good, and better than what one thinks in term of the problems with other meds.

I also sponsored a thread asking if you can do it again, would you start sooner?

check that out.. your fear may be based upon past perception.
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Offline antibody

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Re: starting Truvada / Norvir and Reyataz
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2009, 07:41:33 PM »
I changed to that combo and love it. I've been on it 2 years this March and It is  breeze to compare with Acripla
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