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Author Topic: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed  (Read 2461 times)

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Offline kevykev110

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Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« on: May 21, 2010, 08:43:02 AM »
I was given atripla since in feb but so far i have not taken any. I am really scared.  the taught of me taking meds for the rest of my life is mind boggling. Also, i am even more scared of the side effects. I am scared that i may loose weight. At 130lbs & 5' 5, loosing weight is the last thing i want.

I started a new job about 3weeks ago as a data analyst. I cannot afford to mess up the data at all. No room for errors----100% concentration is needed. I was made to unerstand that atripla makes it hard for you to concentrate. Can someone advise me on the issue.? I will be takin my first dose next fri for memorial weekend? would i be able to be 100% on mon for work? What about diaorrhea?  can someone say what their first couple days was like takin this pill? Thankszzzzz

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010, 11:16:39 AM »
I started Atripla In Feb I take it at night just had a few vivid dreams but they went away
I also gained 25 pounds while on it,I feel hungery all day
as far as you Monday it all depends on your body I guess I like iit brought my cd4 from 45 to 188 in a month
and vl 30000 from 300000
Pete

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010, 11:53:42 AM »
What about your ability to concentrate? Also, i love to party---i party every saturday.--my Dr. advise me not to party until the side effects subsides (2-4weeks after ) and i should take it after i get home from the club (around 5am). Do any of you party? if so, do u take it b4 or after the club?

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2010, 11:57:14 AM »
I dont party cuz at first you feel drunk already I try and stay away from partys

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2010, 12:04:31 PM »
ok. I am going to DC at the end of june with some frends...they have no clue that i am positive and i want it to remain that way. We are going there for carnival. Any traveling tips? and i am the designated driver since i am the only one with a license. any traveling tips?

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2010, 12:20:05 PM »
Make sure you know the effects before you drive
I was quite dissy at first also pasted out a couple of time
but it all went away

Offline Billy B

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2010, 01:38:34 PM »
ok. I am going to DC at the end of june with some frends...they have no clue that i am positive and i want it to remain that way. We are going there for carnival. Any traveling tips? and i am the designated driver since i am the only one with a license. any traveling tips?

Hello KevyKev- I would wait until after your road trip to start your meds just in case you don't feel well for a few days.
Peace and have fun,
Billy
VL 4420 CD4 340 CD4% 24   3/15/10 Started I&T
VL  UD   CD4 340 CD4% 26.5 05/13/10
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.1 08/3/10
VL  UD   CD4 310 CD4% 28.4 11/22/10
VL  UD   CD4 420 CD4% 27.9 02/11/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 26.4 06/08/11
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.7 09/23/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.3 01/20/12
VL  UD   CD4 430 CD4% 28.8 05/11/12
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.1 09/07/12
VL  UD   CD4 390 CD4% 32.3 03/14/13

Offline metekrop

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2010, 02:59:42 PM »
I was given atripla since in feb but so far i have not taken any. I am really scared.  the taught of me taking meds for the rest of my life is mind boggling. Also, i am even more scared of the side effects. I am scared that i may loose weight. At 130lbs & 5' 5, loosing weight is the last thing i want.

I started a new job about 3weeks ago as a data analyst. I cannot afford to mess up the data at all. No room for errors----100% concentration is needed. I was made to unerstand that atripla makes it hard for you to concentrate. Can someone advise me on the issue.? I will be takin my first dose next fri for memorial weekend? would i be able to be 100% on mon for work? What about diaorrhea?  can someone say what their first couple days was like takin this pill? Thankszzzzz

Hey man, the problem with Atripla is when you start it.  May be for the first month.  I took my first month Atripla with a lot of disturbances.  When I took it I feel like am dead.  You will be facing all kinds of shitts.  That was the time when I don?t know nothing about the HIV medication.  I took it during the morning time before breakfast.  Then I stopped taking it for about one other month and start to take it again at bed time.  During this time I was having a long and deep sleeping but I don?t know the other feelings I may have as I am in my bed.  May be I have a feeling of being drunkard or intoxicated etc.

The Atripla now became a friendly med.  I am taking it like a diet pill.  My numbers improved and I am in a state of complete health.  I don?t know for how long but this is the way I am now.  I am working very hard without any fatigue.  I also drive a long distance almost in every single day.  At least I drive more than 70 miles from home to my work place.  I always want to know if this might have impact in the long or short run.

I want also to meet you if you come to DC?
Diag on Dec 8, 2000, CD 440 VL 44K, No Meds
Dec/08 - Feb/09 CD< 50 & VL >500k hosp'z.
St. Atripla - July/09 CD 179, VL 197k
Oct/09 CD 300 VL UD Chol 267
Mar/10 CD 468 UD, Ch 220
Aug/10 CD 460 UD, Ch 195
Dec/10 CD 492 UD, Ch 172
Mar/11 CD 636 UD, Ch 201
Aug/11 CD 530 UD, Ch 98
Jan/12 cd 616 UD, ch 189
Jul/12 CD 640 UD, Ch ?
Dec/12 CD 669 Ud, Ch 125
May/7 CD711 Ud, Ch?
Nov/ 22 663 UD, Ch,

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2010, 03:21:33 PM »
Hey Kev, you don't mention what your numbers are like. It may be the case that you're putting yourself in danger of becoming ill due to not starting the meds, but on the other hand, your numbers may be at a place where you have the luxury of not starting just yet.

It's really important that you feel ready to start. These meds are a big commitment.

You will get advice better suited to your situation if you share your numbers.

And welcome to the forums, by the way.

Ann
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Offline kevykev110

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2010, 03:55:53 PM »
thank you.  this is the first time im using this forum btw.  my numbers are as of Feb 17 2010---- CD4- 342 and VL 87,000---diagnosed Feb 7, 2007. I got really scared wen  the cd4 fell below the 350mark. I tried on two different occasions to swallow the pill but i end up spitting it rite back out. As i was about to take the first pill my i can feel my heart rate increasing and pores opening. Scared as hell. I was wondering if burning a spliff b4 i attempt to take the meds would help?

Another thing that is on my mind is my nite life. I love the clubs, i been clubbing since i was 16yrs old (9 yrs ago). Im am not really a drinker, the most i would take is a cup of vodka & cranberry---i cant drink much since i drive. With the atripla coming into play, what effects you think it would have?  My dr. told me  take it wen i get back in from the club. I met someone who told me that if i want a nite life, atripla should not be the drug of choice.

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2010, 04:20:40 PM »
Kev, while you're not in any immediate danger, it does look as though it may be getting close to time for you to start.

Another number based question - what are the CD4 results like for your last four tests? It can be difficult to go on one result. I've had numbers in the 300s, but they went back up. You can see my numbers history in my profile. (I'm still not on meds, btw) Using your numbers as a means to decide when to start treatment is a matter of looking at trends over time, not just one isolated result.

I don't blame you for being wary of the Sustiva component of Atripla. Sustiva is one drug I'm going to steer clear of and my doctor is aware of this. Maybe you need to talk to your doctor about trying a combo that does not include Sustiva.

Ann
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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2010, 04:29:24 PM »
Um, my numbers used to be in my profile, but it seems the biography portion of our profiles got disabled during our recent server change.

Here's my last five results:

2009

459, 25%
399, 25%
561, 23%
576, 26%

2010

392, 29%

I just had a blood draw this past tuesday and do not have the results yet.

I also had one time when my numbers went from 525, to 299, and back up to 489. Nothing weird was going on in my life during this time and I wasn't sick. The numbers just fluctuate like that. Like I said above, it's all about the trends over time.
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline metekrop

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2010, 04:32:47 PM »
Kev...may be you need to look my history by going into my profile.  I was like you.  I never scare of HIV.  But finally I came to death then at the end I gave up to this drug.  Anyways read my story in this forum.   ::)
Diag on Dec 8, 2000, CD 440 VL 44K, No Meds
Dec/08 - Feb/09 CD< 50 & VL >500k hosp'z.
St. Atripla - July/09 CD 179, VL 197k
Oct/09 CD 300 VL UD Chol 267
Mar/10 CD 468 UD, Ch 220
Aug/10 CD 460 UD, Ch 195
Dec/10 CD 492 UD, Ch 172
Mar/11 CD 636 UD, Ch 201
Aug/11 CD 530 UD, Ch 98
Jan/12 cd 616 UD, ch 189
Jul/12 CD 640 UD, Ch ?
Dec/12 CD 669 Ud, Ch 125
May/7 CD711 Ud, Ch?
Nov/ 22 663 UD, Ch,

Offline kevykev110

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2010, 04:38:52 PM »
I just did blood workk on weds,  hoping for a miracle.

Feb 2010--- Cd4- 342, Vl -87,000
Oct 2009---Cd4 388, Vl 67,000
Jun 2009 ---cd4 484 vl 49,00
Mar 2009---cd4 364 vl 38,000


What are the percentage numbers? what does it tell you?  my doctor never told me about no perecent or even mention it to me

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Re: Scared to take atripla-adivse needed
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2010, 04:51:56 PM »
Your CD is getting low and the Viral lode is still high.
Diag on Dec 8, 2000, CD 440 VL 44K, No Meds
Dec/08 - Feb/09 CD< 50 & VL >500k hosp'z.
St. Atripla - July/09 CD 179, VL 197k
Oct/09 CD 300 VL UD Chol 267
Mar/10 CD 468 UD, Ch 220
Aug/10 CD 460 UD, Ch 195
Dec/10 CD 492 UD, Ch 172
Mar/11 CD 636 UD, Ch 201
Aug/11 CD 530 UD, Ch 98
Jan/12 cd 616 UD, ch 189
Jul/12 CD 640 UD, Ch ?
Dec/12 CD 669 Ud, Ch 125
May/7 CD711 Ud, Ch?
Nov/ 22 663 UD, Ch,

 


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