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Author Topic: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule  (Read 4528 times)

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Offline Scotty87

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Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« on: August 23, 2010, 04:14:42 PM »
I went to pick up my meds today and the Norvir didn't come from the refriderator.  That threw me off, but apparently the Norvir I am getting now is a tablet instead of a capsule and shouldn't be refrigerated.  Kind of nice because it is a lot smaller and less of a hassle to not have to keep it cold, but I don't like change when it comes to this type of thing.  I will probably feel like I am forgetting to do something every day for the next few months, lol.  Obviously this should be the same thing and I shouldn't have to change or worry about anything, but has anyone else had experience with this?  Anything that I should know that maybe they didn't tell me at the health department (they aren't very informative when it comes to my meds there).  I would really appreciate any comments or advice.

Offline pozoz

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010, 04:39:58 PM »
Hi Scotty87,

From my understanding, it's exactly the same.

Just a new "improved" version that does not need to be refrigerated.

Cheers....
Seroconverted Aug 2008
Tested Pos      May 2009
May 09 CD4 544 19%   VL 22K
Aug 09 CD4 514  19% VL 25K
Dec 09 CD4 510  20% VL 32K
June10 CD4 502  20% VL 36K
July 5th,10 Start Truvada  Reyataz Norvir July 30  CD4 360  21% VL 339
Oct  22 CD4 459  27% VL 191
Jan 2011CD4 561 33% VL U/D <40
Feb  Add Verimune lead in dose to start switch to Verimune/Truvada  
Mar 17 Viramune x2 + Truvada. Stop PIs   
Apr 29     CD4 528 33% VL U/D
July 2011 CD4 440  %?  VL U/D
Sept 2011CD4 620  %?   VL U/D
Dec 2011 CD4 531 31% VL 224
Jan 2012  CD4 576 36% VL U/D
May 2012 CD4 504 36% U/D (start Viramune XR
July 2012 576 (36%) (test request due to XR issues)
Feb  2013 629  (? %) U/D
July  2013 608 38%.   U/D
Jan  14.    576  36%.   UD

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010, 04:42:51 PM »
Yes, technically it's the same, however I for one experienced not so pleasant things when I went on it and went back to the old gel cap within three weeks.  However, I've not heard of anyone else here taking issue with it so if I were you I'd just go ahead with it.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline leatherman

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010, 09:48:00 PM »
it actually has a slightly higher strength, which may account for some gastro issues when you change over, but it is basically the same drug

got my new norvir today and took it this evening  ;D
had to take a bunch of immodium too which I normally don't have to do :(
i'm hoping this is just the "getting adjusted" to it's greater strength phase  ;)

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForPatientAdvocates/HIVandAIDSActivities/ucm200179.htm
NORVIR tablets are not bioequivalent to NORVIR capsules. Under moderate fat conditions (857 kcal; 31% fat, 13% protein, 56% carbohydrates), when a single 100 mg NORVIR dose was administered as a tablet compared with a capsule, AUC(0- ∞) met equivalence criteria but mean Cmax [maximum plasma] was increased by 26%
(by the way, within 5 days I was over my gastro issues and I've loved the new tabs every since; but then I really, really hated the gelcaps)

you might want to check out our thread "FDA Approves Heat-Stable Norvir Tablets " when we discussed the change-over from the gelcaps to tablets many of us experienced back at the first of the year. (you're just late to the party. LOL :D )
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Offline WillyWump

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010, 10:09:56 PM »
I love my pudgy little Norvir's, I would rather stay on them than change to the tablet (if it aint broke dont fix it) I hope my pharmacist doesnt pull the switcheroo on me when I go for refills in a couple of days.

But Scotty, keep us updated on how the tablet goes.

-Will
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6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2010, 10:31:01 PM »
I'm quite certain that at some point they will stop making the gel caps.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2010, 10:44:27 PM »
I'm quite certain that at some point they will stop making the gel caps.

I'm sure your correct. At which point I will be forced to take the tablet, no biggie I guess, I jsut dont like change much.

-W
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Last Labs-
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2010, 10:46:38 PM »
I jsut dont like change much.

-W

You must have loved getting AIDS
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Offline WillyWump

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2010, 10:58:20 PM »
You must have loved getting AIDS

Yeah that was defiantely a shiit sandwhich I wasnt expecting...The mother of all changes. I kicked, screamed and wined all I could, but I still ended up here. I guess I cant always have my way, but dammit dont take away my pudgy Norvirs!

W

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Last Labs-
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
.

Offline leatherman

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2010, 01:26:36 AM »
but dammit dont take away my pudgy Norvirs!
bite into one, or let it dissolve in your mouth  ;)
you'll be singing another tune LOL
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

Offline Scotty87

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2010, 12:49:59 PM »
Everyone on here is so funny.  Thanks for the replies.  Pudgy little norvir, ha.  Sorry that i am late on this subject the change just happened to me.  I'll read that old forum on the subject.  Thanks.

Offline debsd222

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Re: Norvir Tablet instead of Capsule
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2010, 11:22:42 PM »
I was so excited about the new Norvir because I like to get my prescriptions through the mail (all14 of them) and they couldn't mail the gels cuz they'd melt so I had to go to the pharmacy for that one med. Ive been taking it for a couple weeks and havn't noticed any difference.
April 08 3 month bout w/ shingles, ongoing nerve pain
Dec 08 pos  cd4 200 %8  VL 18,000
Feb 09 started sustiva, truvada -allergic to sustiva, hospital 4 days.
March 09 started truvada, reyataz and norvir
March 09  cd4 279  % 12 VL 10,000
April 09 cd4 327  %12  VL 300
Aug 09 cd4 392  %16  Vl undetectable
Dec 09 hospital pneumonia 6 days
Dec 09 cd4 462  %20  VL undetectable
Mar 10 cd4 629 27% VL undetectable
July 9, 2010 cd4 505  21% VL undetectable
Oct 2010 cd4 689  22%  VL 64
Nov 2010  cd4689  22%  VL  UD
May 2013 cd4 759. 29%. VL. UD

 


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