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Author Topic: 3 weeks on Atripla  (Read 4573 times)

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Offline DangerBoyXIII

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3 weeks on Atripla
« on: November 09, 2010, 02:05:45 AM »
Sooooo far I've been taking Atripla without interuption or without side effects.  Was worried about starting my meds and I'm anxious to see the results after I go for my first labs.  I'm pretty relieved that I'm on this path and I haven't experienced any issues.  Has anyone else been on this road without any problems?  I don't even have any issues when I eat and take the pill.  Dreams have always been pretty vivid so the pill hasn't changed that area of my life either.  I welcome anyone to comment.  I'd love to know everyone's experience!

Offline fullmoon

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 03:16:34 AM »
Hello.

That's cool everything has been okay so far, I'm glad for you. ;)

Offline AaronbytheC

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 01:29:58 PM »
That's great news for you!!!   ;D

Thanks for the upbeat post, your timing is great...  I'm counting the days until I start, 9 more to go! 
I chose Thursday the 18th as a start date as the end of November is a lite work schedule. 
I really hope I have the same result as I've always been excessively tolerant of drugs.  I guess I'll know soon enough.   :P
04/2012 CD4 721 / 29% / VL UD
02/2011 UNDETECTABLE!
12/2010 CD4 587 / 24% / VL 210
11/2010 Started Atripla
10/2010 CD4 420 / 18% / VL 13,500
09/2010 CD4 541 / 17% / VL 10,500
08/2010 CD4 498 / 18% / VL Not Taken
07/2010 CD4 307 / 18% / VL 9,500
06/2010 Confirmed Poz
03/2010 Infected
06/2009 Neg

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 04:30:50 PM »
Hey fellas.. Glad all is well with you Dangerboy and good luck to you Aaron.
I'm on my third day of Atripla and can't report any major problems. I definitely feel foggy and out of sorts in the morning and not quite up to par the rest of the day. Haven't had any crazy dreams and seem to be sleeping well. All and all the side effects have been minimal but not feeling like I would want to in the long term. I was only diagnosed three weeks ago and have very good numbers and went into this feeling very healthy. I will give this med a couple of weeks and see how it goes.
Question for you Dangerboy...  Do take the Artipla at night? If so how long before you go to sleep?

Offline DangerBoyXIII

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 11:29:16 PM »
I take it at 1am every morning.  I fall asleep when I fall asleep.  I don't feel foggy at all tho.  It's almost like I'm not taking anything at all.  A little nervous about that.  I'll be going for my first set of labs soon.  Hopefully they'll bring good news.  I'm not expecting anything radical just a lil something to tell me they're working. 

Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010, 10:09:07 AM »
Hey guys - The only side effects that I have had with Atripla (started in March 2010) would be wild dreams.  Its very seldom that I have bad dreams so I really dont mind them too much.  We're talking weird dreams and I mean way out there weird from time to time.  I will say that the treatment has been great and I am now undetectable.  Best of luck and I feel sure it will work well for you. 

March 2010  VL > 120,000 with CD4 of 4
July 2010 VL < 200 with CD4 of 320
Oct 2010 VL < 20 with CD4 of 249


Offline lost_boy

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2010, 06:20:36 PM »
Hey,

Just to let you know, I'm in the same boat. Been on Atripla for about hmm 6 weeks now. No discernable side effects (maybe a headache if I stay up too late, or a bit woozy in the morning but some fresh air soon clears that up). Overall though, I've been taking it easy on myself last couple of weeks, not going out socialising as much at weekends while I adjust to it. Of the couple of nights I have gone out with friends, it's actually not too hard to remember to take a pill, and iif we're down the pub or out wherever, it's quite easy to go to the toilet, pop the pill then rejoin the group. It's just been a matter of getting in the habit!

Have to admit it is something of an "anticlimax" after all that worry about starting treatment (if you get what I mean!) but I'm thanking my lucky stars treatment is so advanced these days. Going to get bloods taken on Monday, so hoping for some good results.

Glad it all seems to be going okay for you too!

Offline peteb

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2010, 11:00:57 PM »
I loved the dreams when I was Atripla I miss them
goodluck

Offline Gio

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2010, 01:24:02 PM »
ok i just started with Atripla on Friday evening and all i gotta say is that the first night wow very drunk feeling but last night it was nothing i was cleaning house and doming laundry and then went to sleep. No vivid dreams so far no rash that i have been hearing...  I feel healthy no drowsiness when i wake up i feel somewhat like me...  I will feel completely 100% me once i start gym and begin to socialize...  Just trying to get accustomed to the fact i am HIV god i miss the Patron but this is more important... 

Offline ltnXc

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2010, 07:32:18 PM »
you guys are all lucky.... i was feeling groogy for 2 weeks..... and that numbness feeling in the morning.. and the dreams..... but the all easily went away except for the dreams.....

Offline DangerBoyXIII

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2010, 11:39:12 AM »
Thanks for all the replies!  Still feeling awesome with the atripla.  Fighting a small cold tho.  As soon as I've got this beaten heading in to do my first set of labs :-) 

Offline AaronbytheC

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2010, 12:52:47 PM »
That's great news!  I took my first one last night and happy to say no issues so far!   ;D

Speedy recovery over you cold so you can see the progress in you labs!   :P
04/2012 CD4 721 / 29% / VL UD
02/2011 UNDETECTABLE!
12/2010 CD4 587 / 24% / VL 210
11/2010 Started Atripla
10/2010 CD4 420 / 18% / VL 13,500
09/2010 CD4 541 / 17% / VL 10,500
08/2010 CD4 498 / 18% / VL Not Taken
07/2010 CD4 307 / 18% / VL 9,500
06/2010 Confirmed Poz
03/2010 Infected
06/2009 Neg

Offline RBH

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2010, 02:33:08 PM »
Thanks everyone for sharing their experiences. I took my first Atripla (my first ever retroviral) on Nov 18th about an hour before going to bed. I had definite dizziness and "trippy" effects, plus of course the dreams. These effects seem to be lessening already although a slight dizziness and lack of energy continues into the next day. I am confident that these side effects will eventually lessen. I stop eating two hours before taking the pill, but if my last food is NOT fatty the effects seem to be less. I'm just grateful that I haven't had any gastrointestinal reactions and I'm really glad it hasn't caused insomnia, because that's a problem of mine at the best of times. I understand that it can take awhile to get the rash, so my fingers are crossed that I won't be experiencing that.

Offline AaronbytheC

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2010, 07:43:40 PM »
Thanks everyone for sharing their experiences. I took my first Atripla (my first ever retroviral) on Nov 18th about an hour before going to bed. I had definite dizziness and "trippy" effects, plus of course the dreams.

Why do you take it and stay up an hour? 
I've been taking mine as about the last thing I do before I go to bed (brush my teeth, pop a pill, drink 12 -16 oz water, go pee and lights out!) :P  I have had no issues at all, if my body is getting dizzy I'm long asleep by then!   ;D
04/2012 CD4 721 / 29% / VL UD
02/2011 UNDETECTABLE!
12/2010 CD4 587 / 24% / VL 210
11/2010 Started Atripla
10/2010 CD4 420 / 18% / VL 13,500
09/2010 CD4 541 / 17% / VL 10,500
08/2010 CD4 498 / 18% / VL Not Taken
07/2010 CD4 307 / 18% / VL 9,500
06/2010 Confirmed Poz
03/2010 Infected
06/2009 Neg

Offline RBH

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2010, 08:06:31 PM »
I guess I stayed up for an hour because I was curious. I'm not a great sleeper anyway - it normally takes me 30-45 minutes to fall asleep after I go to bed.

Offline RBH

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2010, 08:55:17 PM »
Aaron, I'd like to reply to your personal message but I get an access error. I've put my Yahoo ID on my profile if you want to connect direct. Thanks.

Offline AaronbytheC

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2010, 09:05:01 PM »
Oh you have to have 3 post before you can send PM's...  My bad
04/2012 CD4 721 / 29% / VL UD
02/2011 UNDETECTABLE!
12/2010 CD4 587 / 24% / VL 210
11/2010 Started Atripla
10/2010 CD4 420 / 18% / VL 13,500
09/2010 CD4 541 / 17% / VL 10,500
08/2010 CD4 498 / 18% / VL Not Taken
07/2010 CD4 307 / 18% / VL 9,500
06/2010 Confirmed Poz
03/2010 Infected
06/2009 Neg

Offline ruralguy

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #17 on: November 29, 2010, 10:35:06 AM »
Well I am a year into this and have had great results with atripla.  I went undetectable in 3 weeks and over time my CD4 has nearly doubled to 685.  The typical side effects went away quickly and now I take it in the morning, first thing, as it is the most stable part of my daily routine  - so I haven't missed a dose and I don't have any discernable side effects.  I know it doesn't work for everyone, but I wanted you guys to know a good success story.  Good luck with it and stick to it.  Find the least obtrusive and most realiable way to fit it into your routine and you will do fine.
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


On Atripla:  "Your mileage may vary"

Offline DangerBoyXIII

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2010, 01:47:49 PM »
VERY EXCITED!  I've been on Atripla for almost 2 months and my labs are back!  Still no side effects, but my viral load went from over 50,000 to 60 and my t-cells are climbing slowly but surely!  Best Christmas present EVER! 

Offline RBH

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2010, 05:27:18 PM »
Congratulations! And thank you for sharing your good news. I'm getting my first bloodwork results tomorrow since starting Atripla and feel less apprehensive now.

Offline zach

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2010, 04:17:14 AM »
i think you'll be reassured by the numbers. mine started very low, but don't get hung up on numbers either way, i've thought way to much about wanting higher ones instead of just being thankful, and drinking absinthe was maybe a bad way of celebrating undetectable viral load

as far as the dreams, after you've had a few really vivid ones, watch inception, it's a trip, just saying

the empty stomach and nothing fatty is something to remember, after a big plate of salmon i dreamed my tattoos started swimming around and i ate them... we need a thread of dream stories and analysis

it occurs to me that law enforcement reading these boards might not like how often we use the term trippy
gonna go up to the mountain, for to find a little peace
looking over the valley, for the beauty i see
out across the hills, forevermore

Offline RBH

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2010, 08:33:47 PM »
Well, I started Atripla on November 18 and had my first lab tests on December 7, just short of 3 weeks later. Today I got the results and my VL is undetectable! My VL wasn't super-high to begin with, but my doc is impressed. I assumed my VL would be down, but I wasn't expecting to be undetectable so quickly. My doc gave me the impression that this isn't necessarily typical (though ruralguy here had that result after 3 weeks too).

Liver, kidney function is holding steady and t-cells are up. My cholesterol has gone up too though, so I need to improve my diet, lay off my beloved creamy espressos and deli treats. (A poz pal of mine lives on fried foods and always has normal cholesterol - stupid genetics.)

I'm still having the epic dreams but they are gradually reducing in Oscar-worthy production values. I had a mild non-itchy rash for a couple of days around day 10. The dizziness is virtually gone (i.e. if I get up in the night). I do still have days where I feel oddly fatigued but doc said that should improve as well. So, thumbs-up for Atripla to date.

Offline DangerBoyXIII

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2010, 01:59:11 AM »
That's awesome dude!  Good for you!

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2011, 08:47:36 PM »
I am glad to hear your report! Atripla kicked my ass for about three weeks but my diagnoses numbers sucked really, really bad. Insomnia, nausea, thrush, hot, cold, diarrhea just for beginners. I lost a ton of weight because I had no appetite. Ran a low grade fever. Food made me sick.

My doctor told me it would take my body time to adjust and he was right on. At the three week point, it was like someone flipped a switch and things got better. I began to eat, went on Prozac for depression, and my over-all health recovered quite well.

The three week adjustment period was hell, I'm not going to lie. I was so weak, it was hard to get out of bed. Even though I felt like I was going to die I just kept telling myself it would get better and slowly, it did. My doc said that the effects on my were bad because we started with horrible numbers (his exact words) but I responded very well to Atripla and the disease is being managed.

Doctors can seem nonchalant when dealing with this but in my experience it's not because they don't care, it's because they are used to dealing with this and there are stages you have to go through. Ask questions...ask a lot of questions but don't be afraid.
MAY 2010
VL>500,000 CD4>8

JUNE 2010 STARTED ATRIPLA

DEC 2010
VL>30 CD4>323

Atripla. Valtrex, Trilipix, Fluoxotine

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2011, 09:14:12 AM »
I too am going on my 3rd week of Atripla.  I have had minor side effects, no vivid dreams tho. the 1st 3 days of taking Atripla I woke feeling slightly dizzy but the 4th morning that went away. on day 6 i had 1 night of nite sweats and that went away. I'm now on day 17 and just 2 days ago started to develope the rash people have talked about. I 1st noticed the rash after taking a hot shower. Before that it wasnt visible.  I think the heat of the water brought it out to be noticed. At that time it didnt itch and now is the 3rd day of the rash and its starting to itch and keeps me up at night ( tossing and turning )  I been taking Benadryl ( Claritin 10mg during the day ) and my doctor prescribed me a steriod to take for the next 6 days. The rash is irritating and starts to itch and drives me crazy not to be able to itch.  Aside from the Benadryl + Steriods, is there anything else anyone can suggest for me to take to relieve the itchying? Any types of itch relief creams? I recently contracted the virus within the past 8 months and decided to start treatment when my Tcell count hit 650 and virual load at 9000. Starting meds with these numbers wasnt recommended by my doctor, but said it wouldn't hurt if I wanted to start treament.
Has anyone experienced these side effects withing the same time frame when the meds were started? Has anyone any suggestions to help relieve the itchy feeling so that I can sleep?
« Last Edit: January 22, 2011, 09:16:14 AM by SCS773 »

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2011, 09:21:05 AM »
I am glad to hear your report! Atripla kicked my ass for about three weeks but my diagnoses numbers sucked really, really bad. Insomnia, nausea, thrush, hot, cold, diarrhea just for beginners. I lost a ton of weight because I had no appetite. Ran a low grade fever. Food made me sick.

My doctor told me it would take my body time to adjust and he was right on. At the three week point, it was like someone flipped a switch and things got better. I began to eat, went on Prozac for depression, and my over-all health recovered quite well.

The three week adjustment period was hell, I'm not going to lie. I was so weak, it was hard to get out of bed. Even though I felt like I was going to die I just kept telling myself it would get better and slowly, it did. My doc said that the effects on my were bad because we started with horrible numbers (his exact words) but I responded very well to Atripla and the disease is being managed.

Doctors can seem nonchalant when dealing with this but in my experience it's not because they don't care, it's because they are used to dealing with this and there are stages you have to go through. Ask questions...ask a lot of questions but don't be afraid.
I'm glad to hear that you have bounced back  Thats good news and hope it even gets better for you

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Re: 3 weeks on Atripla
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2011, 11:38:07 AM »
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I recently contracted the virus within the past 8 months and decided to start treatment when my Tcell count hit 650 and virual load at 9000. Starting meds with these numbers wasnt recommended by my doctor, but said it wouldn't hurt if I wanted to start treament.

I wonder why. My numbers were better than that, but gradually getting worse after 6 months of being monitored, when my doctor recommended that I start treatment.

Regarding the rash, it will probably quickly disappear, but you can ask your doctor for a prescription-strength oral antihistamine that may help more with the itching. Be careful about smearing creams over large areas of your body.

 


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