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Where do you store your supply?

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some in fridge
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cupboard in kitchen
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medicine cabinet in bathroom
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drawer/cabinet in bedroom
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Offline LordBerners

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Where do you keep your meds?
« on: November 17, 2010, 12:53:08 PM »
I was just inspired to post this (hope its not redundant), by this thread:
.. For me my meds sit in front of my bathroom sink.  This means I cannot groom myself, brush/floss my teeth, shave, apply cologne, or anything else without seeing/moving my meds.

Please share where you keep them and if this has any rationale behind it.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010, 01:43:48 PM »
I don't take hiv meds yet, but I do take some meds for other things and I keep them in a pill tray on the kitchen counter next to the kettle. I also keep a few in my jacket or bag in case I stay at my bf's house or elsewhere unexpectedly. I keep any extras in a drawer in the kitchen.

edited to add...

When I eventually start hiv meds, I'll do the same as I do now. I expect by the time I start if my combo includes Norvir, it will be the tablets and not gel caps so I won't have to worry about keeping them in the fridge.
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Offline HippieLady

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2010, 01:49:40 PM »
I keep all the medicines in the house on the highest shelf in one kitchen cabinet, except for my personal medications.  I keep those in a different cabinet also on the highest shelf and my Norvair I keep in the fridge.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2010, 01:58:18 PM »
I keep my Norvir in the fridge.  The rest I keep in a wicker basket on my dresser -- the thinking being that I could grab the basket if I needed to flee a fire or some such in the night.  I also have some "overflow" in my linen closet (I've built up a 6 month-ish stock and it won't all fit in the basket).

I would never leave my meds in the bathroom -- high humidity (i.e. shower steam) is usually not good for meds.

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2010, 02:24:10 PM »
I keep my Norvir in the fridge and my other meds in the bottom drawer of my bedroom dresser where they will be cool, dry and convenient when I wake.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2010, 02:36:29 PM »
Not really the medicine cabinet.  Its a cupboard with grooming products and medicine I take everyday.  Keep it there because its the obvious spot.  Plus theres a counter where I can put all my shit together for overnights.

Plus there is medicine in my two desks in two different offices. Plus some in my best friends' house.

Maybe I miss a dose a year? I dunno for sure because I dont count pills and dont fill a weekly pill box.  

Oddly, I saved all the empty bottles and cardboard boxes in a garbage bag in the attic cause I thought I could  make a point with it someday... but what point?  This is pure hoarding and also any point would probably be bitter.

OK I'll throw out that bag with the trash on Friday.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2010, 02:42:09 PM »
I'm not a hoarder but I've saved every bottle of Atripla I've taken so far.  I do the same thing with beer bottlecaps when I go drinking so that the next morning I can count how many I've had.  Each bottle represents thirty pills so I can figure out exactly how many pills I've taken.  I'm already up to 360+ and it seems like I JUST started.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2010, 02:53:36 PM »
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2010, 02:55:59 PM »
ps: there's absolutely no need to keep your current 30-day Norvir supply in the fridge, only months 2-3 if you're getting medications on a 3-month schedule.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2010, 02:58:06 PM »
I'm not a hoarder but I've saved every bottle of Atripla I've taken so far.  I do the same thing with beer bottlecaps when I go drinking so that the next morning I can count how many I've had.  Each bottle represents thirty pills so I can figure out exactly how many pills I've taken.  I'm already up to 360+ and it seems like I JUST started.

Esmeralda collected door knobs so I suppose that not to strange .

Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2010, 03:22:33 PM »
I keep the Atripla on a shelf in my closet.  No direct sunlight gets to them and they are safely kept in the same place at all times.  All other meds are in the bathroom medicine cabinet along with mouthwash, toothpaste, etc.  I dont keep empty bottles because I dont want clutter.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2010, 03:41:45 PM »
Main stock kept in cupboard, enough for 1 week plus kept in wash  bag theory being I can always make a speedy getaway, reality always have to calculate whats in wash bag, stock up from cupboard and a adjustment to meaning off speedy get away.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2010, 03:54:25 PM »
ps: there's absolutely no need to keep your current 30-day Norvir supply in the fridge, only months 2-3 if you're getting medications on a 3-month schedule.

Yeah, good point. I buy 3 months at a time and keep one bottle in the drawer and the other two in the fridge.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2010, 03:56:48 PM »
I'm not a hoarder but I've saved every bottle of Atripla I've taken so far.  I do the same thing with beer bottlecaps when I go drinking so that the next morning I can count how many I've had.  Each bottle represents thirty pills so I can figure out exactly how many pills I've taken.  I'm already up to 360+ and it seems like I JUST started.

Why do you do that? You know you can get a print out from the pharmacy on all the meds you have taken, right?

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2010, 04:23:50 PM »
I keep a week's worth of pills in a pill case on the kitchen counter, the current bottles in a wicker basket on my dresser, backups / 'extras' in a drawer, and an Atripla, some Adderall, and a Klonopin in a little pocket pill holder.  I rotate out the Atripla so it doesn't get old.  This way, I never really have to worry about not being able to take my meds, though I take Atripla in the morning, and I do usually wake up in my (our) own house!  Still, one never knows when it might come in handy. 
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2010, 04:26:14 PM »
I saved em as part of dealing with the shock of sudden positivity followed by sudden HAART.  ???
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2010, 04:29:46 PM »
I keep my meds in a purposely designed kangaroo scrotum pouch.


I believe it was taken from a Western Red.

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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2010, 04:32:47 PM »
They sit on a counter, right next to the last light to be turned off at bed time.   ;D  Have the best day
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2010, 04:33:21 PM »
I keep my meds in a purposely designed kangaroo scrotum pouch.


I believe it was taken from a Western Red.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2010, 04:52:49 PM »
my backup stash is in a box on a shelf in the closet. (several month's worth since it's hard to tell if SC's medicaid might crash and burn at some point, or a hurricane, or a flood, or maybe another move to another state)

This month's worth of pills are in a weekly pill box on my week. (I remember back when one day's worth wouldn't fit into those 4 compartments of just one day in a weekly box; and now I can put a whole day each into one - morn, nooon, eve, and bed - so I get a whole month into a pill box now).

I keep a daily dose in a keychain fob, so I have no excuse when I'm caught out and about and it's time to take them.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2010, 05:59:37 PM »
Hi,

I keep my stock in a locked drawer and various side stocks/supplies in some separate locations:

1 week supply in the car
1 day supply in pocket wallet
1 day supply in a convenient little container attached to my cell phone
1 day supply in a convenient little container attached to my car keys
(I am a bit more carefull now but when I was younger, I'd loose all these stuff on a regular basis)
(pickpockets are a pestilence in this city, too...)
3 days supply in my back pack
5 days supply in my hand carry
5 days supply in a UPS approved storage where I can order UPS overnight shipments to just anyhere via internet

my usual source is a pill box that is enclosed in a leather Hugo Boss eye glasses container by my bed (the looks of it is less offensive)

there is a line up:
pill box/glasses container / small bottle of water / alarm (cell phone) (from left to right)
so that turning the alarm of is always the last step in the process

One day I wanted to time how long it takes of my melds, but could not since I kind of do wake/put in mouth/water drink/alarm off/back to sleep in less than 2 seconds

also I do not have 1 pill box, but 5 (they hardly cost 2-3 $...) so that I fill the pill boxes monthly and rotate every sunday

It is not usual , but not unheard of that we may , here, suffer from 1-2 days shortage at the pharmacists. 1 week shortage have been reported.
Also a local GSK branch was on strike for 3 weeks..

While travelling keep extras just in case (a volcano cloud over Island and you can be stuck for a week in some airport in a foreign country...)

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2010, 06:15:42 PM »
I have a halfwall when you exit my shower and its 1/2 tile and 1/2 glass. Where they meet there is a shelf so I've gotten used to putting all my vitamins and meds there. Then I fill a weeks supply up every monday and I just go down the shelf. Ofcourse I keep my Norvir in the fridge, and yes Miss P, that while I only get 30 days at a time, I still refridgerate them.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2010, 06:20:51 PM »
I take Truvada and Issentress. They're in a 7 day pill organizer on the bathroom sink.

I've found that I can store the two Issentress and one Truvada in a contact lense case (the kind with the screw on lids). Each side will hold 3 pills; a day's dosage. I typically carry that with me in my pocket or my laptop case when I'm out in case I don't make it home on time. It's inconspicous, waterproof, and convenient and has served me well in a couple of cases where "happy hour" or some other event lasted longer than expected. Prior to this regimen, I was able to keep 4 Atripla (2 on each side) in the case.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2010, 07:29:22 PM »
I have medicines all over. Syringes,needles and IV setups are in the cabinets in the master bath. IV meds ,amphotericin B, saline and heprin are in the fridge. HIV Meds and Bactrim on the kitchen counter.  AndroGel, Asprin, and Lipitor are in my desk in the computer room. Everything is in what room I will be using them.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2010, 09:59:49 PM »
ps: there's absolutely no need to keep your current 30-day Norvir supply in the fridge, only months 2-3 if you're getting medications on a 3-month schedule.

Are you guys still taking the gelcaps or do you keep the tablet one in the fridge too?

I just all of mine in the pantry. I left an unwrapped paracetemol in their last night and it was half eaten this morning - I guess mice or cockroaches get headaches too.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2010, 10:03:19 PM »
I left an unwrapped paracetemol in their last night and it was half eaten this morning - I guess mice or cockroaches get headaches too.

 ;D

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2010, 10:03:49 PM »
Are you guys still taking the gelcaps or do you keep the tablet one in the fridge too?

The tablet became available here back in March, and no there's no need for it to be in a fridge.  Ever.

If someone in the US is still taking the gel cap it's either by choice or their doctor hasn't bothered to change the script during refills.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2010, 10:17:00 PM »
I keep them in my weekly pill box on the kitchen counter.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2010, 10:59:10 PM »
I am not as organized as I should be. I keep them in the original bottles on my dresser (yes, even the Norvir), one of the bottles doesnt even have a cap on it. *sigh* I have a pill organizer, but it mostly just collects dust.


@Hellraiser- yes, you are a hoarder. One day we are gonna see you on that Hoarders show with 3,000 empty Atripla bottles strewn about your house.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2010, 11:00:20 PM »
I am not as organized as I should be. I keep them in the original bottles on my dresser (yes, even the Norvir), one of the bottles doesnt even have a cap on it. *sigh* I have a pill organizer, but it mostly just collects dust.


@Hellraiser- yes, you are a hoarder. One day we are gonna see you on that Hoarders show with 3,000 empty Atripla bottles strewn about your house.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2010, 11:07:21 PM »
I am not as organized as I should be. I keep them in the original bottles on my dresser (yes, even the Norvir), one of the bottles doesnt even have a cap on it. *sigh* I have a pill organizer, but it mostly just collects dust.

Don't feel bad, Wumpy.  Miss P keeps hers in the original bottle, and doesn't even own a pill organizer, nor has she ever.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2010, 11:08:56 PM »
truvada + viramune, one month's supply in the fridge, the bottles currently in use in a bedroom drawer, so a mixed answer to your Q. really.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2010, 11:38:53 PM »
The tablet became available here back in March, and no there's no need for it to be in a fridge.  Ever.

If someone in the US is still taking the gel cap it's either by choice or their doctor hasn't bothered to change the script during refills.

I'm confused then as to why you suggested keeping months 2 and 3 in the fridge earlier in this thread?
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #33 on: November 17, 2010, 11:41:32 PM »
I am not as organized as I should be. I keep them in the original bottles on my dresser (yes, even the Norvir), one of the bottles doesnt even have a cap on it. *sigh* I have a pill organizer, but it mostly just collects dust.


@Hellraiser- yes, you are a hoarder. One day we are gonna see you on that Hoarders show with 3,000 empty Atripla bottles strewn about your house.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2010, 12:38:08 AM »
I'm confused then as to why you suggested keeping months 2 and 3 in the fridge earlier in this thread?

because someone wrote this and another wrote this and yet a third person wrote this so I assumed that they must still be taking the gel cap.
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« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2010, 05:49:59 AM »
you could fit the whole world in between eric48 and RapidRods systems
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2010, 07:03:58 AM »
We don't hide our meds from anyone in our own home. They are kept in the kitchen, in a cabinet with frosted glass doors, along with dishes, drinking glasses, cups and saucers.
Anyone feeling free enough to roam around in our home, should be comfortable with us being HIV positive.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #37 on: November 18, 2010, 07:22:50 AM »
The tablet became available here back in March, and no there's no need for it to be in a fridge.  Ever.

If someone in the US is still taking the gel cap it's either by choice or their doctor hasn't bothered to change the script during refills.

I was going to switch to the tablet, but there seemed to be a number of folks in here who developed GI issues upon switching.  I have never had a single "issue" with the gelcap, so I decided to leave well enough alone.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #38 on: November 18, 2010, 09:25:10 AM »
My bottles of pills stay in the top drawer of my nightstand while my weekly pill containers stay in the kitchen.  I take pills first thing in the morning and last thing I do before I go to bed.  Those weekly pill containers have been a real lifesaver.  I think I have missed once in 6 years and that was because the ambien got the best of me and I forgot.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #39 on: November 18, 2010, 09:26:14 AM »
you could fit the whole world in between eric48 and RapidRods systems

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #40 on: November 18, 2010, 11:01:51 AM »
1 week supply in the car
1 day supply in pocket wallet
1 day supply in a convenient little container attached to my cell phone
1 day supply in a convenient little container attached to my car keys
(I am a bit more carefull now but when I was younger, I'd loose all these stuff on a regular basis)
(pickpockets are a pestilence in this city, too...)
3 days supply in my back pack
5 days supply in my hand carry
5 days supply in a UPS approved storage where I can order UPS overnight shipments to just anyhere via internet



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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #41 on: November 18, 2010, 11:04:28 AM »
I keep my meds in the spice cabinet.  No clue how that happened, but its the kitchen so when I make my dinner I go the spice cabinet grab my meds for the day sit down and eat and pop the pills.  oddly, it works.   When I had them in other places I kept losing them. 
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #42 on: November 18, 2010, 12:13:41 PM »
I keep a week's worth in a daily pill box and the rest in their original containers in a plastic tote that I keep under the foot of my bed.  That way, if I have to leave in a hurry, I can grab it on my way out.  Living in tornado alley, I want to be prepared to vacate quickly.  I remember back to the days that we couldn't use the daily pill boxes and I used individual pill bottles to indicate each dose.  A weeks worth of doses needed 25 individual bottles.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #43 on: November 18, 2010, 04:52:13 PM »
The tablet became available here back in March, and no there's no need for it to be in a fridge.  Ever.

If someone in the US is still taking the gel cap it's either by choice or their doctor hasn't bothered to change the script during refills.

Actually I checked with my insurance about the tablet and it will cost me $125 co pay for the tablet while my current gelcap is only costing $30. It doesn't make much sense, but I assume it has to do with categorization and the specialty drug classification. I hope I can eventually store all my meds unrefridgerated.
8/10- 73 cd4, 7%, and 300k VL *First Labs*
9/10- Started Norvir, Prezista, and Truvada
10/10- 511 cd4, 22%, and 886 VL
12/10- 498 cd4, 22%, and 106 VL
3/11- 529 cd4, 29%, and 101 VL
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #44 on: November 18, 2010, 05:01:52 PM »
Actually I checked with my insurance about the tablet and it will cost me $125 co pay for the tablet while my current gelcap is only costing $30. It doesn't make much sense, but I assume it has to do with categorization and the specialty drug classification. I hope I can eventually store all my meds unrefridgerated.

That's lame, anyway at some point I'm quite sure that they'll halt making the gel cap.  But still, my point is that you don't have to keep your "current month" supply in the fridge with the gel cap.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #45 on: November 18, 2010, 05:50:31 PM »
I was just inspired to post this (hope its not redundant), by this thread:
Please share where you keep them and if this has any rationale behind it.

I keep the Aptivus in the fridge, now the (Norvir aren't the jell-caps anymore), Isentress, and Truvada ,Tricor, Lipitor,Quinapril, I keep in the kitchen-cabinet with all of the other stuff like, Maalox, Milk of Mag, Multivitamins, beneidrill, and Coffee  ;D
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #46 on: November 19, 2010, 02:08:37 AM »
in the closet.  Literally and figuratively.
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06/01/2010-weakly reactive ELISA, indeterminant WB
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DATE       CD4     %     VL
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08/28/10  489     19    189k
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #47 on: November 19, 2010, 08:55:00 AM »
My HIV meds bottle and the two other pills that I have to take these days sit by the bedside table; I don't care who sees them (if you have made it as far as my bedroom you're bound to find out that I gotz dee AIDS anyway).  That's if I am home, which happens rather rarely.  If I'm there I just take them directly from the bottle (and have remained fully adherent to this date).  While I'm on the road I just put enough of them in a separate container (whatever the length of my trip plus 4 days, just in case I decide to stay a bit longer or I get stuck at the airport).

I'm really surprised and puzzled by a couple of entries on this thread.  Very OCD in my opinion, but whatever works.

It is also interesting to see that some people keep the unused bottles for some reason.  Arts and crafts project maybe?
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #48 on: November 19, 2010, 05:05:26 PM »
My old bottle collection went out in the trash today, as decided.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #49 on: November 19, 2010, 11:11:22 PM »
My old bottle collection went out in the trash today, as decided.

Haven't you previously mentioned a hoarding problem?  That must be a very big step for you!  Now on to the stacks of newspapers ;).
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DATE       CD4     %     VL
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08/28/10  489     19    189k
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #50 on: November 20, 2010, 05:58:17 AM »
I wrap each pill individually in pretty paper and keep them under a tiny Christmas tree.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #51 on: November 20, 2010, 02:25:51 PM »
Haven't you previously mentioned a hoarding problem?  That must be a very big step for you!  Now on to the stacks of newspapers ;).

No newspapers.   (Tonight old electronics are going into a box and then going to the electronics dump next Wednesday.)

I am pleased to see I fall in the normal range (as I judge it) of where and how to keep meds.  In fact I told my shrink about this thread and throwing out the bottles and she learned something cause she has another patient jumping through hoops to keep his Norvir cold since he travels for his job. I told her it was not necessary and asked if he had an ID or a GP and she said GP and I said that he should look it up on the net or call any swiss HIV ID and he could relax about this.

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #52 on: November 21, 2010, 08:04:24 AM »
Isentress, Viread and Reyataz in kitchen cupboard, Norvir in the fridge (are the Norvir tablets available in the UK yet?). I keep the tabs that don't need refrigeration in the kitchen cupboard simply because (apart from the evening dose of Isentress) I need to take them with food and it's quite convenient having the tabs near the food!

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #53 on: November 21, 2010, 07:54:16 PM »
I fill a weekly pill box (13 prescriptions) and keep that on the kitchen counter. The back up is in a kitchen cabinet. Looks like a frickin pharmacy. Im surprised how many of you you still take the Norvir that needs refrigeration. I switched to the tablets. So much easier and you can get them in the mail.
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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
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #54 on: November 22, 2010, 08:10:50 PM »
I'm keeping the 7 day "weekly" ones in a pill box next to my tooth brush! 

I have four additional bottles of Atripla as a safety stock, I'm keeping them in a sock drawer at the bottom of the dresser where they are low and cool.
04/2012 CD4 721 / 29% / VL UD
02/2011 UNDETECTABLE!
12/2010 CD4 587 / 24% / VL 210
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10/2010 CD4 420 / 18% / VL 13,500
09/2010 CD4 541 / 17% / VL 10,500
08/2010 CD4 498 / 18% / VL Not Taken
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #55 on: November 22, 2010, 08:17:05 PM »
I've mailed one Atripla tablet to a representative in each of the 50 states and one to each of over 100 countries - I am currently on stand-by to have one pill taken on the space shuttle and placed at the international space station.

I also have them conveniently stashed at a local supermarket, car wash, night club, barbershop, fast food restaurant, movie theater, and adult bookstore.
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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
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11/12   549    35  <20
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #56 on: November 22, 2010, 08:21:22 PM »
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
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #57 on: November 23, 2010, 07:17:53 AM »
I have four additional bottles of Atripla as a safety stock, I'm keeping them in a sock drawer at the bottom of the dresser where they are low and cool.

Please don't forget to rotate your stocks. Every time you get new bottles, the new ones should go in your sock drawer and the older ones should be the ones you use. My bf forgot to rotate his for a while and ended up with a few bottles of out-of-date meds.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #58 on: November 23, 2010, 01:05:57 PM »
In my sock drawer.  Because no matter what else I might skip, each day starts with fresh socks!  :)


The morning pills get taken with breakfast and the others go in my pants pocket in a baggie (or sit on the dresser...).
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #59 on: November 23, 2010, 03:52:07 PM »

The morning pills get taken with breakfast and the others go in my pants pocket in a baggie (or sit on the dresser...).


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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #60 on: November 23, 2010, 06:26:01 PM »
Out late at night at the disco?

Miss P do you remember them pill-boxes, you know the one's with the timers that went Beep Beep Beep, I used to carry one, and use to laugh when they all went-off on the dance floor, are @ the Bar when it was time to take your AZT  ;D I know your not as old as I'm and your not in your middle 50s like me  ::) so if
anyone else remembers this please acknowledge......Thanks  :D
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #61 on: November 26, 2010, 07:16:02 AM »
My huge, four-monthy present of meds arrived yesterday with the new formulation of Norvir, so they'll all be going in the cupboard. :-)

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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #62 on: November 26, 2010, 12:26:20 PM »
I keep my two month supply in the safe!
Hopefully I will never need it. Since it is AZT, I hope when the time comes that I can take something better.
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #63 on: November 26, 2010, 12:58:26 PM »
storage in a fire/water proof safe in my gun cabinet along with my birth certificate, will, dnr, dd214, passport etc, current week supply in a pill case in a lockable med cabinet, three keys for each, one on me, one my father carries, one buried over my dogs grave
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #64 on: November 26, 2010, 01:12:42 PM »
I keep my two month supply in the safe!
Hopefully I will never need it. Since it is AZT, I hope when the time comes that I can take something better.

WOW you still have AZT  I haven't seen are taken that stuff in 20 yrs.  ???
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Re: Where do you keep your meds?
« Reply #65 on: November 29, 2010, 09:22:45 PM »
When I lived alone, I kept them in the kitchen cupboard. Since a friend of mine lost her job, she has moved in for a bit. I now keep them in my locked filing cabinet.....she doesn't know of my condition.

 


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