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Author Topic: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?  (Read 3114 times)

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Offline Boze

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Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« on: June 09, 2010, 07:05:13 PM »
Question for those on Atripla: Do you all make sure to allow at least 2 hours after eating before taking the pill? Or is it only for some percent of people who experience side-effects?

Another way to put it - anybody out there taking Atripla with no regard to when they eat? Ie right after dinner?

Thanks a lot
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Aug08 - Seroconversion
Mar10 - Diagnosis; cd4 690 - VL 19,000
Apr10 - cd4 600
May10 - VL 4,500
Jun10 - started Atripla ; VL 113
Jul 10 - UD vl, CD4 590
Aug 10 - UD, CD4 810, 52%
Nov 10 - UD, CD4 980

Offline newby05

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2010, 08:01:31 PM »
I have taken it after dinner, after drinks, and right before bed. Food doesn't bother me, but I have learned to allow plenty of time before alcohol and Atripla.

Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2010, 08:33:36 PM »
I usually eat my last meal of the day around 7:00 PM then take the pill around 8:00 when I sit down at the pc for an hour or so.  Maybe its psychological, but I dont like to take a pill and immediately get into bed.... sorta want it to get all the way down before I get into a horizontal position.  Its a pretty large pill as you know. 


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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010, 08:48:25 PM »
I take it right after a late meal, with a small snack, several hours after eating, etc. It doesn't make a difference for me.

The recommendation to take it on an empty stomach applies to those who are new to the medication (and those who experience side effects in a more noticeable way). Some people have noted that, if they eat fatty/greasy foods before they take it, it causes them to feel more tipsy or to have the vivid dreams that some patients complain about. Once your body gets used to it you are free to do as you wish as far as food is concerned.
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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010, 08:59:08 PM »
It doesn't make a difference with me. I take it on a full or empty stomach. Since I have to have a full stomach on my other meds I usually take it on a full stomach.

Offline keegancassidy83

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010, 09:08:58 PM »
food isnt my biggest  set back although 3 hours should be cool, its the time i take the pill till i go to bed thats the worst!!!! :-\

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2010, 09:33:07 PM »
I once did have to watch the timing of food intake and pill time, but now it doesn't seem to matter.

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010, 12:10:09 AM »
My bf is on Sustiva (200mg, not 600mgs) and Truvada - not quite the usual Atripla combo. Same, nevertheless. He drinks like a fish and eats a full meal when he gets home from the pub, and goes straight to bed and doesn't have any problems. No liver problems. Nothing. His labs are great and he feels fine and holds down a full time job.

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Offline Boze

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2010, 05:22:26 AM »
Great, thank you everybody for your feedback!
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Mar10 - Diagnosis; cd4 690 - VL 19,000
Apr10 - cd4 600
May10 - VL 4,500
Jun10 - started Atripla ; VL 113
Jul 10 - UD vl, CD4 590
Aug 10 - UD, CD4 810, 52%
Nov 10 - UD, CD4 980

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010, 04:49:46 PM »
I take sustiva / truvada in the evenings, sometimes at same time as food and quite often washed down with beer. Seem to notice effects of alcohol more so, but can eat and take medications together with no adverse side effects.
Infected - unknown, probably 2004-2005
August 2009 - tested positive (first ever test)
August 2009 - CD4 352, 11%, VL 18,000
November 2009 - CD4 334, 10%, VL 160,000
Janurary 2010 - Started Sustiva and Truvada
Feb 2010 - CD4 460, 16%, VL 291
April 2010 - CD4 not tested, VL UD <10
June 2010 - CD4 491, 21%, VL 23. Moved to Atripla

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2010, 08:03:27 PM »
Early on I followed the "2 hour rule" but now I take it right after I eat, when I haven't eaten, or I eat right after taking it.  I also have taken it shortly after driniking a couple Coronas.  Once, when I ate ice cream before I took it, I had a pretty vivid dream - but it really hasn't impacted me in regards to whether or not I take it on an empty stomach or not.
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline ruralguy

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2010, 12:18:15 PM »
I've been on it since last September and at this point I can take it whenever I want, with food or not, and I don't notice anything.  The important thing is to take it on a reasonably regulaer 24hr cycle....whatever works best for you.  I take it in the morning
tested positive June 19, 2009
7/3/09 vrl 9000 cd4 - 300
8/14/09 cd4 - 350, 20%
started Atripla 9/14/09
10/5/09 vrl undetectable, WOW so fast!
12/28/09 vrl undetectable, CD4 - 615  27% cholesterol down, kidney function normal
4/26/10 vrl undetectable, CD4-600, kidney and liver numbers normal
9/9/10 vrl undetectable, CD4-685
1/3/11 vrl undetectable, CD4-700
all 2011 and Jan 2012 visits vrl undetectable CD4 ranged from 715-645
5/7/2012  vrl undetectable, CD4-615, all liver, kidney, lipids, heart functions, etc normal


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Offline BM

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2010, 06:51:32 PM »
My friend find he gets a lot of gas/bloating if he takes his Atripla on a full stomach.

Offline Gambit

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2010, 11:57:07 PM »
I don't.. my only symptoms are dreaming and feeling light headed.. and I've noticed I get those 2 side effects regardless of how I take it.  Even if I take it 6 hours after I've eaten I still wind up dizzy an hour later lol.
01-07-10 --- CD4 = 347 / VL = 19,000 / % = 23
02-09-10 --- Started Atripla
02-25-10 --- CD4 = 478 / VL = 260
04-08-10 --- CD4 = 720 / VL = 120
07-13-10 --- CD4 = 798 / VL = UD
10-13-10 --- CD4 = 570 / VL = UD
12-14-10 --- CD4 = 446 / VL = UD / % = 39
03-15-11 --- CD4 = 562 / VL = UD
06-28-11 --- CD4 = 580 / VL = UD
10-18-11 --- CD4 = NA /  VL = UD
02-21-12 --- CD4 = 865 / VL = UD / % = 41
07-03-12 --- CD4 = 507 / VL = UD / % = 36

Offline originaltim

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2010, 01:15:22 PM »
I believe that the rule to take it on an empty stomach, at bedtime, "at least" 2 hours after a meal is so that your body can better absorb  the medication and that you can benefit from the full effect.  Taking it at bedtime is so that you wont have to experience any side effects other than the dreams which are unavoidable. I have been on Atripla for over a year and have routinely eaten up until bedtime, so when I take it at bedtime, it has not been on a empty stomach. While my viral load is undetectable, my CD4 does not go up (it actually went down last time). So, I started making sure that I dont eat for at least 2 hours before bedtime, as recommended. I just had labs done and hope that this makes a difference, otherwise it may be time for me to try another med.
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Offline kevykev110

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2010, 01:28:35 PM »
Two nites during the past week I felt really hungry before i went to bed and i decided to eat b4 i take the atripla. I woke up dizzy the next morning. Usually when i take it on a empty stomach (atleast 2hrs after eating) i dont feel dizzy at all. So i would definitely recommend, from experience, to take it on a empty stomach.

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Offline peteb

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2010, 03:01:14 PM »
I do not eat 2 hours before I go to bed
I have tried eating a few times on a full stomach and oh my the dreams were very vivid
but some were kinda funny

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Re: Does everybody time Atripla at least 2 hours after meals?
« Reply #17 on: July 08, 2010, 10:32:19 AM »
Dreams dreams dreams!.....today, for the 3rd time in the past month i dreamt  i won the lottery...im gonna definitely play the mega millions, the lottery and powerball this weekend.

 


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