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Author Topic: Atripla and Detected Viral Load  (Read 3253 times)

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Offline male31

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Atripla and Detected Viral Load
« on: October 29, 2010, 01:05:33 PM »
Hello friends
I've been on Atripla for 8 months and my viral load was undetectable until last June (2010), and my CD4 started to drop down starting from July 2010.
I am ALWAYS taking my med on time and never skipped any dose.
before atripla I was taking: Efavir/Stockrin and Duovir. I think those meds are generic when I was living in Lebanon. I took those generics for 9 months then switched to Atripla when I came to the US.
my labs:

June 2010: Viral load 90 (Detectable) and CD4 320
July 2010: Viral load 120 (Detectable) and CD4 251
October 2010: Viral load 91(Detectable) and CD4 165

Now my Health care provider is going to put me on another medication: Truvada, NORVIR and REYATAZ, one of them is a booster.

I am really very sad, down, afraid, I waited so long to see my CD4 going up and reach 320 and was looking to see them higher.

I would like to know if any of you had this problem before?
AND what is the explanation for this CD4 drop? :'(
« Last Edit: October 29, 2010, 01:13:28 PM by male31 »

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Atripla and Detected Viral Load
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2010, 07:21:17 PM »
Had a slightly similar situation...

My first Regimen was Atripla. I was never undetectable on it but was headed in  that direction when 3 months into the regimen I had a spike in VL (from 200 to 1500), and a slight drop in CD4's. My doc suspected a treatment failure and changed me to Truvada/Prezista/Norvir. I actually suspected a blip to be the cause for the rise, but regardless the change was a good move for me as I immediately went UD on the new regimen and found it easier to take than Atripla (no funky dizziness or stuff).

So definitely don't be afraid or sad. The change may be a great thing for you. I too was afraid when I had to change Regimens and thought maybe I would never get the virus under control. But I was wrong. Heck, on Tru/Prez/Nor I've nearly doubled my CD4's over the span of a year.

So look at the change as a good thing!


Edited for typos. Thanks to MissP for proofing my posts :) <-----Smiley face

« Last Edit: October 29, 2010, 07:47:58 PM by WillyWump »
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Last Labs-
11-6-14 CD4- 871, UD
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 male31

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Re: Atripla and Detected Viral Load
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2010, 01:01:23 PM »
Thanks WillyWump
I hope the new regimen works better for me



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