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Offline blondbeauty

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Starting Meds Today!
« on: August 14, 2006, 06:47:55 AM »
I`ve just been to Dr. Yebraīs office. My counts were pretty good: CD4: 503/25% and the viral load very high: 80.000.
He said we could wait another 3 months and see but I decided to start meds today. The Dr. agreed immediately.
So here I am with my 4 month prescription and a one month supply.
I am a bit scared but it has been my decision.
Wish me luck with the treatment.  :-\

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Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

Offline Nadine

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2006, 06:51:34 AM »
Good luck Juan...those are the same meds my hubby takes, he has done very well with them, as I'm sure you will.

Keep us up to date on how your feeling.


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« Last Edit: August 14, 2006, 06:55:00 AM by Nadine »

Offline BB

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2006, 06:52:45 AM »
Luck to you, but some advice I have. Keep a clear path to the bathroom (toilet) and have lots of toilet paper handy.

Just in case!

BB
Damn the Torpedoes! Full speed ahead! Adm. D. Farragut.

Started Atripla 8/18/06 and if I eat the right food when I take my meds, I get to go on a-trip-la.

Offline bocker3

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2006, 07:35:54 AM »
Best of luck with your meds.  I started with these too -- the side effects weren't bad -- just some weird dreams and grogginess.  I hope you are planning on a couple of days off -- to adjust to the Sustiva.  I had no diarrhea issues, but I do take fiber supplements, so who knows if I would have had any.  Fiber is a good way to help avoid it (not foolproof, I'm sure).

Stick with it -- the first couple of days may be a little "weird"   :o

Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2013 691/31% <20

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2006, 07:42:17 AM »
Hi there !,

Wishing you the best. Drink plenty of water !!! I think you will do fine, you've got a good attitude.



Take care----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Cliff

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2006, 07:43:30 AM »
Good luck!  Let us know how those dreams go.

My BF was on a similiar combo (except he did Viread and Epivir instead of Viread and Emtriva/Truvada).  The first two weeks were a bit uncomfortable.  He complained of being dizzie and having vivid dreams.  Those side effects mostly went away after two weeks, although it still makes him drowsy when he takes it (at night).

Cliff

Offline portuguesecouple

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2006, 07:48:01 AM »
Good luck! Finally you will kill almost every unit of this stupid virus. Tonight will be the first round of his genocide... eh eh :o.
I hope that everything be OK. Secondary effects wont last...
Tell us how it is going...

Many Kisses and Hugs
Madalena e Nuno :D

Offline Bartro

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2006, 08:24:47 AM »
Good luck.  I take the same combo.  Might I recommend going to bed shortly after taking them.  You will sleep through some of the ill effects, if any.
Rusty

Offline Teresa

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2006, 08:29:39 AM »
Good Luck starting your meds!

Hubby is on the same meds and he does just fine. Hes only had a couple of bouts of diarrhea and he said that it wasn't bad.

Hes going to start on Atripla the once a day pill when hes finished with what hes got.

Hugs
Teresa
Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
CD4:320
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)
 

Offline Life

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2006, 09:09:58 AM »
Juan.....

Its just another stepping stone for us...  Keep your feet dry.  Your going to be fine... ;)

Love

Offline David_CA

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2006, 09:18:19 AM »
Hi Juan,

Good luck with the meds.  Those are the same ones I'll be starting on most likely... I haven't decided when though.  I'll be anxious to hear how you do with 'em.  Take care and keep us informed! 

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Offline MSPspud

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2006, 09:22:09 AM »
Best of luck, Juan.  You'll do just fine I suspect as your attitude is in the right place for them.

Offline Christine

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2006, 09:48:40 AM »
Good luck Juan! Take it easy on yourself the first few weeks until your body adjusts. Let us know how it is going.
Christine
Poz since '93. Currently on Procrit, Azithromax, Pentamidine, Valcyte, Levothyroxine, Zoloft, Epzicom, Prezista, Viread, Norvir, and GS-9137 study drug. As needed: Trazodone, Atavan, Diflucan, Zofran, Hydrocodone, Octreotide

5/30/07 t-cells 9; vl 275,000

Offline aztecan

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2006, 09:53:35 AM »
Hey Juan,

Good luck with the new meds. I think you'll be fine, you have that winner attitude.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2006, 11:18:55 AM »
It's hard taking them the first time...I remember (I only started in May), but each day it will get easier.  Even better, this group will be a great source of support.  Best wishes!

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2006, 12:12:53 PM »
Hoping for the best for you darling........
 :-*  :-* We're thinking of you
Alex

Offline angels4kelly

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2006, 01:38:59 PM »
The best of luck to you, Juan! ;D

Peace,
Kelly
                                             
POSITIVE SINCE-10/1990
CD4-610
CD4%-29.3
VL-UNDETECTABLE
VIREAD,VIRACEPT, EPZICOM

MOST RECENT...
10/9/2006
CD4's-714
CD4%-30%
VL-Undetectable
DIAGNOSES POSITIVE 10/90
SAME MEDS, VIREAD, VIRAMUNE, EPZICOM.

SHOOT FOR THE MOON! YOU MAY MISS,
BUT YOU'LL LAND IN THE STARS :)

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knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
 
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Offline wellington

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2006, 01:59:55 PM »
You said it wisely, Juan: it's your decision, hence you're in complete control of you! :D The first week on sustiva was an interesting one for me - you may want to keep a little log of your thoughts, feelings, etc. as you progress through treatment. If not always useful for medical purposes, it's great to have a resoure permitting you to reflect back - at least, I have found this to be the case.

Adhere as much as possible to your daily dosing regimen and you should find that VL number coming down toward undetectable!

Best wishes,

Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2006, 02:19:23 PM »
Thank you very much for your support! Nadine, Eric, Mike, Ray, Cliff, Madalena and Nuno (sweet couple), Bartro, Teresa, David, MspSpud, Christine, Mark, Alex, Kelly (I believe!), Wellington and all the others that read this post.;D I couldnīt sleep last night thinking about what to say to convince my Dr. to start meds. But it was very easy. I just I said: " I want to start today". He said: "OK".
So I spent a night of useless worries...I was so happy when he said "OK"!
In 4 and a half hours Iīll be taking my first dose (at 23.30).
I will keep you informed.
Again...Thank you, thank you, thank you!
All of you make me feel I am not alone in the new life I am about to start. Today is the first day of the rest of my life on antiretrovirals!
Hugs, Kisses and Love!
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Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

Offline MSPspud

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2006, 02:26:08 PM »
I know some on here will think I'm nuts, but I'm kind of jealous that I've never gotten to experience the Sustiva dreams.  I had the 103 mutation right off the bat, so Sustiva - no go.  I want to hear about that aspect of it. 

If I were to start all over again, I'd consider doing a little journal to describe how you feel now, energy-wise, mentally and whatever else.  Use the same parameters and compare how it's effected you a week from now, a month and so on... better/worse or un-noticed.  I think that would be interesting.

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2006, 02:32:24 PM »
Juan,

Well i had this nice message typed out, and then hit the wrong button and *poof!* it was gone.   :-[   (My apologies if it shows up here someplace.)

Anyway, just wanted to let you know I started on this combo back in February, 2006 and have had few side effects.  Just a slight rash on my arms (not itchy), and this went away in less than two weeks.  No really vivid Sustiva dreams for me either, unfortunately.

The only effect I can feel is the "stoned" feeling I get about an hour after I take the meds.  Of course this is probably made worse because mi espOSO has dinner prepared for me at 2330 every night when I get home from work.  So I rarely follow the instructions to take on an empty stomach.  ;)

I'm sure you'll do fine.  My one piece of advice is to take several pills and place them in various locations so you'll not be caught away from home without meds.  For example in a car, backpack, trusted friend's home, overnight bag, etc.

It's a good combo for me...my VL went from 303,000 to <50 within 6 weeks and has remained there so far.

Cuidados y buen viaje,
John
(who expects lots of cocktails if I'm ever flying on Iberia   ;D )

Offline Eldon

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2006, 02:56:22 PM »
Hey Juan, Good luck on starting your meds. As Ray said; "Drink plenty of water" and make sure you take your meds as prescribed by your doctor and you will do just fine.

Offline Life

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2006, 02:56:37 PM »
For best possible results, on my first dose, I stood on one leg, put my other leg behind my head then spun around 3 times screaming "ARV ARV ALL THE WAY" then landed on my knees, put one hand high in the air and the other tossing all 7 pills in my mouth..  Then a big "Whoo OOOO.... THE FIGHT IS ON YOU RAT BASTARD FUCKER" - Of course I spit some of my pills out on the F word and sounded like a six month old baby with a mouth full of marbles.. WTF...

I don't know, it worked for me... ;)

Linoleum is a good surface for the spinning thing if you go my route...

Unbrella is optional and highly hazardous while spinning..

Sanctioned by the L.G.B.S.M.I.  or "Little Girls Balarina School of the Mentally Insane" ;)

Juan your going to do great!
« Last Edit: August 14, 2006, 03:59:07 PM by Eric »

Offline ACinKC

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2006, 03:24:58 PM »
I am on the same combo.  Had some rough spots sleeping, but now take them in the morning.  If you would like to have an interesting day of slight dizziness, and a general brain FOG I would definitely try them during the day.  Otherwise, nighttime is the best time!

Good luck, they have worked WONDERS on me, 729 CD and Undectable. 
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline eirin

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2006, 05:14:23 PM »


Will be thinking about you at 23.30, 15 minutes to go!

Good luck! Wishing that everything goes well for you!  :-*




Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2006, 06:02:44 PM »
Took my first beautiful blue coloured Truvada and orange Sustiva 33 minutes ago. I am still feeling myself. Lets see tomorrow... ::)
Eric my joints arenīt flexible enough, But I really tried.
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Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

Offline newt

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2006, 06:44:47 PM »
Good luck. You virus, however, is out of luck, it's just been nuked (and, er, non-nuked) ...

 - matt

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Offline RVinVA

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2006, 08:04:58 PM »
I've been on that combo (my first) since Sept 2004, and except for really vivid dreams the first couple of nights, I've had virtually zero side effects. Best of all, it works! My CD4s and VL were MUCH worse than yours are, and I'm doing terrific now. I know others are having the same good results. Just don't miss any doses and take em before going to bed -- that's worked for me. Good luck!

Rob

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2006, 08:21:18 PM »

Juan,

I wish you the best. I too saw my doc today and got my prescription for Atripla, and like you I'm borderline and could wait 3 more months but it just seems like it's time.  I'll start on sunday as I have mondays off.

take care,
brian


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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #29 on: August 14, 2006, 10:41:47 PM »
Juan,  I wish you the best.  I think you made the right decision. I'm convinced that starting sooner rather than later is going to have a benefit in the long run.  And I have very little side effects from the Sustiva.  Haven't been on Truvada so I don't know about that.  Hope you continue to feel just like your own self with nothing negative to report.  And as has already been mentioned... your virus has had it now....
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline Jeffreyj

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« Reply #30 on: August 14, 2006, 11:37:08 PM »
Good luck with meds man! I truly believe you made the correct decision. You will be fine!
Positive since 1985

Offline portuguesecouple

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« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2006, 06:04:10 AM »
Good Morning!!! How was your night? Say how are you? nuno is on his countdown to start meds and his excited to know everything...  ;)
I'm sure that you're all right although with a smaller quantity of hiv in your body...  ;D

Big Kisses
Madalena and Nuno :P

Offline blondbeauty

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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2006, 06:05:47 AM »
Well, well...what can I say... I just woke up an hour ago. Yes at 11.00. I slept for 10 hours. Sustiva is the best sleeping pill ever. I was sitting in front of the computer and had to switch it off suddenly. I felt as if I was going to fall asleep on the keyboard. Thank God I had brushed my teeth before or I wouldnīt had made it. I could hardly reach my bed. Almost crawled to it because I couldnīt walk on a straight line. It was funny. I am still dizzy but I intend going to the gym now. Itīs a very nice and relaxing sensation, all my anxiety has dissapeared.  ;D Its like floating on a cloud.
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Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2006, 08:34:44 AM »
Good Luck. I have been on that ,my first and only so far, combo since Nov of 2005. Not many side effects and my CD4 Has gone from less than 200 up to 350 . My VL has gone from 48, 000 to less than 400. I take my truvada in the morning and my Sustiva at night. Hope yours work as well for you.   Cristy

Offline Life

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« Reply #34 on: August 15, 2006, 10:12:48 AM »
Whats great is overnight... The battle raged while you slept.. You woke up with a couple 1000 less free-loading mothas...  Thats a kewl thing Juan..  Stay tuff and "limber up"... ;D

Love Ya!

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« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2006, 05:18:14 PM »
Hello Juan, So, how did it go at the Gym?

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« Reply #36 on: August 15, 2006, 05:51:58 PM »
Hey Juan,

Brave man, good decision, you're a strong guy! I hope everything will keep on going well!

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Offline blondbeauty

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« Reply #37 on: August 15, 2006, 06:49:23 PM »
Thank you Cristy! Eldon, the gym went very well. I had more energy and spent 10 more minutes on the "rotex". It must be psicologycal but I feel stronger. Maybe because I am much more happy now.
Coen, if everything continues as good as now I will be going to Amsterdam!
I am starting to feel todayīs sustiva effect...I am elevating from the floor.
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Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #38 on: August 15, 2006, 08:58:00 PM »
Good luck!

I'm on the same combo. Ans it has a weird effect on me: if I'm calm and relaxed... a "pass out" about 30 minutes after taking them, if I'm worried about "nothing" (like tonight)... it takes me ages to fall asleep... weird meds theses, no?

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« Reply #39 on: August 16, 2006, 12:39:09 AM »
The dreams can be incredible.  Last night I flew to the moon with an old highschool friend I haven't seen for twenty years.
Rusty

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #40 on: August 16, 2006, 12:41:24 AM »
Now Rusty, THAT is dreaming!

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #41 on: August 16, 2006, 01:17:44 AM »
Hi Juan, sounds like you will be fine.  My numbers have improved somewhat this year without meds, so I'm still debating about starting.  It gives me some anxiety.  I'll keep you in my thoughts, and would really appreciate hearing your experiences in starting.

Terry
8/12/2008    102        402      26.8
                    VL         CD4     CD4%
7/11/2008   Started Atripla and Lisinopril for high blood pressure
6/8     654000(?) 347     20.4
5/08   42100       287      20.5
11/07 52930       438     27.3
5/07   48800       356     22.2
2/07   89000       316     23.2
7/06   51700       459     25.3
2/06   346000     386     20.3
           VL          CD4     CD4%
Poz Antibody Test January 2006
Seroconversion December 2005
Exposure November 2005

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« Reply #42 on: August 16, 2006, 06:29:36 AM »
Terry, last night nothing special happened with Sustiva. I started feeling "drunk" fell asleep and woke up this morning. Not even dizzy. I canīt recall any dreams. I feel normal.
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Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
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Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

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Re: Starting Meds Today!
« Reply #43 on: August 16, 2006, 01:05:59 PM »
Well, I guess that's good. Let us know what happens.
Poz since Jul 19 2006
Initial numbers : CD4-250 VL 3500
First labs after HAART (Dec 04-2006) : CD4-432 VL-<40 (Undetectable)  cd4%=25.11%
Started HAART: Combivir+Efavirenz Aug 26 7:38 pm
Feb 08 2007 - Gradually stopping HAART cause of Myalgia. Protecting Efavirenz. Stopped Efavirenz, ahead with Combivir....
February 17 Combivir stopped.
April 3 -07 : Started ddi+3tc+efavirenz...
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« Reply #44 on: August 16, 2006, 01:33:09 PM »
I have a terrible headache and sensibility to light this afternoon. :-\
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Counts when starting treatment:
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« Reply #45 on: August 16, 2006, 03:51:17 PM »
Dear Juan,
I'm sorry you're feeling bad.
Hopefully this is the worst it will get for you.

        FEEL BETTER, JUAN ;D

Love

Kelly
                                             
                                             
POSITIVE SINCE-10/1990
CD4-610
CD4%-29.3
VL-UNDETECTABLE
VIREAD,VIRACEPT, EPZICOM

MOST RECENT...
10/9/2006
CD4's-714
CD4%-30%
VL-Undetectable
DIAGNOSES POSITIVE 10/90
SAME MEDS, VIREAD, VIRAMUNE, EPZICOM.

SHOOT FOR THE MOON! YOU MAY MISS,
BUT YOU'LL LAND IN THE STARS :)

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knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
 
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« Reply #46 on: August 16, 2006, 05:16:55 PM »
Thank you Kelly. My headache is fading. Just 15 minutes before my next dose... :-\ I hope it gets better every day as my body gets used to it.
At least I sleep like an angel.
Thank you for caring. ;)
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Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
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Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

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« Reply #47 on: August 16, 2006, 05:31:09 PM »
My best wishes to you!!

Pat
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« Reply #48 on: August 16, 2006, 07:49:33 PM »
Juan, good that you seem to be doing okay.  I've never really had any of the dreams with the sustiva.  I had a bit of insomnia at first and changed the meds to morning. Once in a great while I'll be a little groggy or dizzy, but overall I'm to the point where I really can't say I have any significant side effects.  And of course the great news is that it is killing off that virus.  I dropped from 66,000 to 600-something after one month, to 415 after two months, and undetectable on my latest at 4 months.  And with you starting with such a great CD4 you are gonna do great!  And of course, you never know if the headaches or the other little quirks are from the meds or something else.  Luckily I expect that you won't be dealing with anything like that for long.  It sounds like you are headed for smooth sailing.  Continued good luck!
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

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« Reply #49 on: August 17, 2006, 06:26:30 AM »
Thank you Pat! I took my meds last night and my headache was gone, so it wasnīt related to meds. This morning is even better. David, you are doing great on your treatment. Undetectable in 4 months! My Dr. expects me to be undetectable in six months.
Today is the great day. Iīll be working 12 hours for the next three days and waking up early...Lets see how it goes.
Thank you for being there.  ;)
The only member in these forums approved by WINBA: World International Nail and Beauty Association.
Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

 


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