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Author Topic: Changing to Truvada/Intelence/Insentress from Trizivir/Isentress - Advice  (Read 2751 times)

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Offline Nico

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It has been a while since I have posted here, but I do have a question.  I am changing from Trizivir/Insentress to Truvada/Intelence/Isentress.  Not due to numbers.  My last results were CD4 -1004, 43%, VL - undetectable.  The reason is lipo and anemia probably from the AZT and my triglycerides have been well above 500 for years thus the Ziagen issue.  I have a mutation to Epivir and all NNRTI's but I was told and have read Intelence is different than other NNRTI's so my doc put me on it. 

So my question is anyone on this combo?  My doc said to take the Turvada in the morning.  I prefer evening since I have extra pills in the morning.  Also does anyone take Intelence on an empty stomach and eat later?  Would a protein shake like Boost suffice in the morning?  I admit I am a little apprehensive to change since I have been doing so well, but my face is stage 1 and injecting myself for years with Procrit is getting old.  I know I can call my doc next week, but it can't hurt to ask.  Thanks as always for any advice.

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It will make no difference to the effectiveness if you take Truvada in the evening. - matt
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Yeah, I found that a slightly odd suggestion.  One could make the argument that it's even better to take it in the evening, as some people do experience dizzyness from Truvada as indicated on the pharmacy labeling.  I've taken at both times over the years and it makes no difference.

I can't help you with Intelence as I've not ever been on that. I would assume that if it has instructions to take with water or similar liquid then the issue of Boost would depend on how similar to water it is -- I guess what I mean is if it's a really thick protein shake (I used to take EAS Myoplex) I might wait with the protein shake, but really it's a fine line and it would be best to discuss that issue with your doctor and/or pharmacist.

I'm also on Isentress.
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Offline Nico

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Newt & Ms. Philicia,
Thanks.  I decided to take the Truvada in the morning and see how it goes.  I took the Intelence earlier with food and followed it with a dose of Isentress and Trizivir since I won't take Truvada until the morning.  The Intelence is an issue since according to the label you need to take it with food and I take my early meds around 5 am two hours before I eat.  I will adjust.  I really apprecite your advice and support.

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