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Author Topic: Sides effects are back!  (Read 1485 times)

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Offline papichasing

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Sides effects are back!
« on: March 12, 2010, 08:53:20 AM »
I just started to take atripla  a nine days ago. The first night and day the sides effects were terrible. I had some fevers and a lot of anxiety. After a couples of days the sides effects were gone and I was feeling great. A couple of days ago I started having a fever that wont go away. I have tried several over the counter medications that used to work in the past but this time nothing. I'm going to call my doctor today to see what he tells me. My roommate keeps telling me that its the atripla. But I was feeling so good!!! It is possible that the sides effects can come back after a few day of feeling good? God bless you all!

Offline aztecan

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Re: Sides effects are back!
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 09:08:49 AM »
Hey Papi,

Atripla itself should not cause fevers.

If your CD4s were low and suddenly bounced back thanks to your ARV therapy, then you could be experiencing symptoms of a condition known as IRIS, or immune reconstitution syndrome.

But, you just started taking the meds nine days ago so IRIS isn't likely, but who knows.

I am interested in hearing what your doctor tells you.

In the meantime, keep taking your Atripla. It can take six to eight weeks before the initial side effects wear off. In some cases, even longer.

Have you tried taking on an empty stomach? That can help lessen the degree of side effects until your body adjusts.

Just a thought.

Hang in there.


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

Offline papichasing

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Re: Sides effects are back!
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 09:59:14 AM »
Thanks for your reply Mark ;). I am feeling better today and I just called my doctor a few minutes ago. He was with a patient so I left a message asking him to call me back when he is available. I definitely will keep you inform.

Offline papichasing

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Re: Sides effects are back!
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 12:37:58 PM »
I just talked with my doctor and according to him this is not a side effect of the atripla but a reaction of my body to the medication since my cd4  was very low when i started the treatment
(only 15). He said that he doesnt think is nothing to worry about and that in a way it means that the atripla is working. Thanks God the fever is gone and I only feel a little weak but since I lost my appetite for the last 2 days I guess that I need to to start eating normally  again and have a good rest. But thanks God now I am not preoccupied any more.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Sides effects are back!
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 05:25:43 PM »
Hey Papi,

If your CD4s were low and suddenly bounced back thanks to your ARV therapy, then you could be experiencing symptoms of a condition known as IRIS, or immune reconstitution syndrome.

I"m thinking the same thing,.. Immune reconstitution syndrome.  I had similar reaction like your having, when I started on meds. My tcell count at that time was 16.  Try to eat, stay hydrated. drink plenty of water.

Hang in there----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 65 years young.


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