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Author Topic: ATRIPLA AND FEELING DRUNK?  (Read 2755 times)

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Offline UK_SL

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« on: March 02, 2011, 05:42:17 PM »
Hi guys and gals, I've been on Atripla now for 14 months and luckily have not had and major side-effects, but reccently about an hour after I take my dose which I take at 9:30pm I get this drunk feeling and slurring speech?

Is this normal? 
05/10/2009 ~ DIAGNOSED, CD4 = 8
22/10/2009 ~ CD4 = 11/VL = 430,000, STARTED ATRIPLA and SEPTRIN
26/11/2009 ~ CD4 = 121/VL = 840
22/12/2009 ~ CD4 = 184 (6%)/VL = 340
11/03/2010 ~ CD4 = 177 (12%)/VL = 72
01/07/2010 ~ CD4 = 247 (12%) VL = 76
20/01/2011 ~ CD4 = 350 / VL = 29

Offline bocker3

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 06:20:23 PM »
If I eat before taking my Atripla -- particulary if I eat a fatty meal -- I get the drunk feeling.  Haven't noticed any slurring of my speech though -- just a nice buzzed head.  Seeing as I've been sober since 1989, I actually like the sensation -- and have been known to look for a nice fat-filled snack before taking my pill.

Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2015 969/28% <20

Offline Hoover

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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 06:41:46 PM »
My partner started taking sustiva about 3 weeks ago and is really drunk at nights.
When he gets up to pee in the middle of the night, he has to hold on to the walls.
Most days it makes him feel lobotomized until late in the afternoon.
No more office work for him in the mornings or driving the car!

Hopefully everyone who experiences this will get past that problem quickly.

Cheers from central America,
Hoover and ...
Infection date: March 16, 2010
20/05/10 - CD4 348  VL 58,000  Lymph nodes in jaw painful!  Antioxidants started.
01/06/10 - CD4 428  VL?
24/06/10 - CD4 578  VL 9,800
13/07/10 - CD4 620  VL?
04/09/10 - CD4 648  VL?
01/11/10 - CD4 710  VL?   CD8 972
16/12/10    CD4 738  VL?  CD8  896   
02/02/11    CD4 520 (month of parasites and new lab)
14/03/11 started Truvida and Sustiva (Efavirenz)
04/07/11 CD4 686 VL 75 CD8 588  41%
10/10/11 CD4 757  45%  VL UD

Offline newt

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 06:46:32 PM »
I get this drunk feeling and slurring speech?

What's major is a point of view I guess.

This is normal to start with but if it becomes chronic only you can decide if it will do.

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline BlueandGold

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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011, 10:18:54 PM »
If I eat before taking my Atripla -- particulary if I eat a fatty meal -- I get the drunk feeling.  Haven't noticed any slurring of my speech though -- just a nice buzzed head.  Seeing as I've been sober since 1989, I actually like the sensation -- and have been known to look for a nice fat-filled snack before taking my pill.

I hear you: I'm also sober.  Night three on Atripla I decided to go out to the bars instead of going to bed, and I fet like I had had a couple of cocktails.  Nice sensation--I'm sober--but it has not happened any more  :-\

Offline Maelrod

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 11:07:57 AM »
Hey guyS 6 months on atripla.here. First 2 months was a lot issues. But now I'm  fine.  No wake up at nights.no feeling anything, I not worry with the time I have to take. I take my pill 2 or 3 hours after my last meal or snack.  Cuz if I take even with a small  cookie I will not sleep all night long. I learned ... If I go out I do same
Is better STOp living in the past, the I SHOULDn't doesn't exist.

Offline aidSinsc

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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 10:30:32 AM »
I have been on atrilpa for over three years.  The first 6 months were the hardest.  Most people develop a tolerance to the side effects, and you learn what you need to do to keep it minimal.

I had bad dreams, woke up in middle of every night.  My ears had a drum circle drumming  out of sync.  I had heartburn.  If i took the pill too early before i fell asleep, the symptoms kept me up.

I quickly learned a plain old tums, taken with the Atripla, took care of the hearthburn.  I carefully read until I get drowsy, and then take my pill.  This would mean I might occasionally miss my pill if it was not for my incredible partner that reminds me when i does off.   Avoiding fatty foods for 3+ hours before pill helped tremendousnessly for me too.

The dreams are often still there, but mental attitude changes them from bad, to vivid.  I may wake up to vivid dreams every night, I don'y know, because I don't remember.  it is only the bad ones that keep me up enough to remember.  no matter what happens in the middle of the night, I wake up in the morning, every day, remembering the dream i was having before i woke.  To this day they are vivid and lucid.  I know it was a dream, but if feals more like a memory.

I am confident, that for me, the worst of the feelings and the bad dreams had a basis in a negative outlook on my future.  Now that I _know_ (not just hope) that my life will be normal, it is.  This attitude comes from many things.  Having time to think about things, research, friends, family, and real progress.  I started over 3+ years ago with vl 150,000 and cd4 of 9, literally dying in a hospital.  I have been undetectable for 2 years, and my cd4 is slowing improving, but it IS increasing.  last test cd4 was 160.

So, in the end, hang in there.  Worry enough to take care of yourself, but not so much that you make things worse.  This is not the eighties, you have some powerful stuff keeping you alive.


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