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Author Topic: Atripla long-term Kidney, Liver, and other organ damage???  (Read 2494 times)

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Offline stayinstrawng

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Atripla long-term Kidney, Liver, and other organ damage???
« on: August 05, 2009, 09:51:01 PM »
For all of you long-term Atripla users:

How long have you been taking Atripla and have you had any organ problems at any point while taking the medication? I hear that Atripla can cause liver and kidney damage long-term and can cause other organ damage. Has anyone experienced any severity of this?

I appreciate you sharing. I just started Atripla about 3 weeks ago. i experienced the side effects pretty badly (mainly severe rash) during the 2nd week. I'm feeling much better now, but am now just thinking about the future on this drug. I want to do all that I can to be sure that I stay healthy for as long as possible.

Thanks everyone!

keep going; keep survivin'...

Offline physicsguy

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Re: Atripla long-term Kidney, Liver, and other organ damage???
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 10:14:59 PM »
I've been on Atripla since a couple days after it came out (and Sustiva/Truvada from September 2005 until then).  I haven't had any issues.

Try to take care of yourself and you'll probably be fine with it.

Offline stayinstrawng

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Re: Atripla long-term Kidney, Liver, and other organ damage???
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009, 10:39:58 PM »
Thanks. What does your lifestyle look like? Not to be nosy, but i'm just wondering what are some significant things that you do to remain healthy and positive (no pun intended... ;-) ).

Offline physicsguy

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Re: Atripla long-term Kidney, Liver, and other organ damage???
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009, 10:49:38 PM »
Low fat, high protein diet with lots of fresh fruit/vegetables and no soda
1-2 miles on the treadmill or 10-30 miles on the bike every day

Not a particularly arduous regimen, but it's a huge step ahead of eating McDonald's while sitting in front of the TV and it's worked well for me so far.

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Re: Atripla long-term Kidney, Liver, and other organ damage???
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 11:09:50 AM »
Hi Stayin',

I began Sustiva in 1999 and continued it as part of Atripla until late 2009. 

Yes, there is some kidney impact, though even after 10 years, it's only barely significant. 

What did happen of significance is that I developed diabetes type 2.  Of course, this might be due to my age, but there is no history of diabetes in my family including in old age, I've always eaten a well balanced diet, and I'm fit and thin.  So, it's either the med or the virus.  Toss a coin. 



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