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Offline brenner

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Diary on Atripla Treatment
« on: March 14, 2011, 03:43:00 PM »
hey guys.  am starting atripla tonight.  thought i would give a day to day journal on how it is going.  in the last 6 months, i have lost about 10 pounds, and I discovered a black lesion on my upper thigh that triggered me to go and get tested.  Was also feeling really tired, but was able to function at work and in day to day activities.  Went to the doctor for a check up and he did the STI tests.  Came out positive for HIV.  He recommended I start treatment as the cd4 numbers were on the low side, (257) and a viral load of 262400.  So here i am with my first bottle.  Pills look really big, like a Centrum vitamin but twice as thick.  Just had my last meal for the night and will wait a couple of hours before taking the tablet.  I am a bit nervous about the vivid dreams which are part of the side effects, but other than that, I am more excited to just get healthier.  Will post tomorrow about how I feel.  Have an appointment in 2 weeks for another blood test to see how the numbers are fluctuating.

Also have a dermatologist appointment tomorrow concerning the lesion, which my doctor suspects is kaposi sarcoma.  Will let you know about that too.

Take care everyone.
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline mikeyb39

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2011, 09:44:11 PM »
good luck Brenn,

i'm sure you will do just fine.  Try not to be too nervous, I was terrified a few days before and all the way up to the point that I swallowed it, then nothing happened I was kinda worried for nothing.  When folks talked about vivid dreams I didnt know what to expect, I was thinking i was going to have horrible nightmares, but I havent had anything like that.

So take a deep breath and i'm certain you will be alright.

mike
11/02/2010  cd4-251, vl-591000
12/09/2010  started Atripla
02/18/2011  cd4-425, vl-800
06/10/2011  cd4-447, vl-70
10/10/2011  cd4-666, vl-80
01/05/2012  swiched med (prezista,norvir ,isentress, )
02/10/2012  cd4-733, vl-UD  Viread removed
06/10/2012  cd4-614, vl-UD
12/14/2012  cd4-764, vl-UD
09/01/2013  cd4-785, vl-UD
03/06/2014. cd4- 1078, VL-UD
09/05/2014  cd4-850 , VL-UD

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011, 05:13:31 AM »
DAY 1.  Fell asleep after reading a really difficult book to get into...But nothing.  no dreams, no nightmares, no nothing.  Woke up this morning feeling a bit groggy.  my pee smelled a bid 'mediciney' or 'vitaminy'.  Dont feel nauseous or weird.  Kind of anticlimactic, if you ask me....I was waiting for A TRIP(to) LA and didnt even get to leave Kansas.  Oh well.  Lets see how the rest of the day pans out, and with the 2nd hit tonight. 
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline mecch

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 07:06:37 AM »
Gee dont be disappointed. The less your body reacts the better.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 07:50:42 AM »
Yea... dont be too disappointed that you did not have an adverse reaction.  You may still get some wild dreams in the near future.  Its been a year for me this month on Atripla and I just woke up from another one.  I never did the diary thing but do remember it being suggested with the literature packet that my ASO gave me.  Hope things go well for you! 

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 07:59:32 AM »
Dont get me wrong, guys, I am not disappointed at all....besides, its just the first day.  Just wanted to journal what i was expecting and what in fact happened.  I guess my style of writing came off the wrong way.  But really, no side effects at all after the first day.   Going to the dermatologist today.  Feeling good till now.
Till later.
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline Maelrod

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 10:06:30 AM »
It's good to hear that you doing well, my personal experience happen after my 3r pill. A have a dreams, woke up a 1/2 night to bathroom  was for two moths my stomach  issues like grogginess, milk and sweet like grease make me sick but good thing I can say now is no problems maybe cuz after a while we learn what and when to eat. Now no problems.  Thanks GOD. I hope atriple work well on you too, one more thing don't go crazy w the time you have to take your pill ( personal advise)  just need take your pill  daily  ( for me no matter if I take 2 or 3 hour late if I go out I take little late )
try your best 
Mael
Is better STOp living in the past, the I SHOULDn't doesn't exist.

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2011, 03:45:53 AM »
DAY 2:   Just woke up feeling groggier than usual.  Nothing else to say. 

Went to the dermatologist, have to do a biopsy next tuesday.  He says that is is most likely ks.
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline mikeyb39

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2011, 09:19:43 AM »
Hi Brenner,
I had that groggy feeling first few days after i started taking it, I called my Dr. and he advised me to take it a littler earlier before bed.  I dont go to bed till 11pm, so at first i was taking it at 11pm and the next morning felt groggy. I started taking mine at 9pm and that extra couple hours made a big difference the next day. 

just an optiion.

mike
11/02/2010  cd4-251, vl-591000
12/09/2010  started Atripla
02/18/2011  cd4-425, vl-800
06/10/2011  cd4-447, vl-70
10/10/2011  cd4-666, vl-80
01/05/2012  swiched med (prezista,norvir ,isentress, )
02/10/2012  cd4-733, vl-UD  Viread removed
06/10/2012  cd4-614, vl-UD
12/14/2012  cd4-764, vl-UD
09/01/2013  cd4-785, vl-UD
03/06/2014. cd4- 1078, VL-UD
09/05/2014  cd4-850 , VL-UD

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2011, 03:56:45 AM »
DAY 3:  Wanted to take my pill a bit earlier, but I ate a bit later than usual, so will try that tonight.  Woke up with no side effects.  Got this hung over feeling grogginess, still, but goes away after my coffees. 
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline thelovedones

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2011, 11:01:49 AM »
Hi Brenner,

Brand new here and I started my Atripla last night. I want to thank you for documenting your start up with the drug. Reading this yesterday before I took my first pill last night helped ENORMOUSLY.  :) I woke up feeling groggy and sort of like a hangover. No other side effects so far.

I'll be documenting my own Atripla treatment as well, I think.

Ironically enough, I have a dark spot on my right leg near my knee that looks like KS to me, but my MD said he wasn't sure. I have an appointment with a Dermatologist this month to diagnos it.

all the best to you
2/26/11 – Diagnosis at State Dept of Health (anonymous testing center)
2/28/11 – Oral Swab Positive diagnosis and confirmatory blood test taken
3/4/11 – Confirmed HIV Positive diagnosis; blood drawn for T-cell count, VL, and medical profile
3/11/11 – VL: 192765, T-cell: 195
3/16/11 – Prescribed Atripla and took Pill 1
4/29/11 - VL: 413, T-cell: 311
6/28/11 - VL: UNDETECTABLE, T-Cell: 437


"I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine"

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2011, 04:05:36 AM »
DAY 4:  All well again.  I wont keep posting this if it continues...will only post when something irregular comes up.  Back to work on Monday and look forward to it.
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline thelovedones

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2011, 09:07:02 AM »
wishing you continued success :)
2/26/11 – Diagnosis at State Dept of Health (anonymous testing center)
2/28/11 – Oral Swab Positive diagnosis and confirmatory blood test taken
3/4/11 – Confirmed HIV Positive diagnosis; blood drawn for T-cell count, VL, and medical profile
3/11/11 – VL: 192765, T-cell: 195
3/16/11 – Prescribed Atripla and took Pill 1
4/29/11 - VL: 413, T-cell: 311
6/28/11 - VL: UNDETECTABLE, T-Cell: 437


"I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine"

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2011, 07:50:59 AM »
DAY 8:  Still nothing.  Feeling better and better.  Not as tired anymore.  Thinking of moving my pill taking time to the morning instead, but will wait another few weeks for that.  Just had my biopsy done today.  Will find out whether i have ks or not on wednesday next week.  will also have another blood test done to check my numbers. 
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline thelovedones

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2011, 07:54:15 AM »
quick question - was it your idea or your doc's idea to draw blood and check your numbers next week? the reason i'm asking is because my doc is waiting a month from the day of treatment. is there a standard waiting time? just curious
2/26/11 – Diagnosis at State Dept of Health (anonymous testing center)
2/28/11 – Oral Swab Positive diagnosis and confirmatory blood test taken
3/4/11 – Confirmed HIV Positive diagnosis; blood drawn for T-cell count, VL, and medical profile
3/11/11 – VL: 192765, T-cell: 195
3/16/11 – Prescribed Atripla and took Pill 1
4/29/11 - VL: 413, T-cell: 311
6/28/11 - VL: UNDETECTABLE, T-Cell: 437


"I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine"

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2011, 08:12:46 AM »
nope, it was totally his idea...he just wanted to see how the numbers are doing.  he also wants me to have a lung x ray done, and to give me a vaccine against pneumonia, so maybe thats why.  probably wants my vl to be at a certain level and my cd4 to be higher before we go there....i will ask him next week though..

but then he said after he is happy with my results..we will most likey be seeing each other every 3 or 4 months for updates.  works for me.....
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline thelovedones

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2011, 10:53:37 AM »
you sound in much better and hopeful spirits than just a couple weeks ago. i'm very very glad :)
2/26/11 – Diagnosis at State Dept of Health (anonymous testing center)
2/28/11 – Oral Swab Positive diagnosis and confirmatory blood test taken
3/4/11 – Confirmed HIV Positive diagnosis; blood drawn for T-cell count, VL, and medical profile
3/11/11 – VL: 192765, T-cell: 195
3/16/11 – Prescribed Atripla and took Pill 1
4/29/11 - VL: 413, T-cell: 311
6/28/11 - VL: UNDETECTABLE, T-Cell: 437


"I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine"

Offline drewm

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2011, 11:10:00 AM »
It sounds as if you are on the right track! Wishing you continued success  :)
Diagnosed in  May of 2010 with teh AIDS.

PCP Pneumonia . CD4 8 . VL 500,000

ATRIPLA - VALTREX -  FLUOXETINE - FENOFIBRATE


Numbers consistent since 12/2010 - VL has remained undetectable and CD4 is anywhere from 275-325

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2011, 02:31:53 PM »
DAY 12:  Woke up this morning with the Atripla rash.  No big deal actually...its not that bad.  just a rash on my arm and legs.  not that itchy, but it feels more like when you get prickly heat from the sun.  hoping it will leave as quietly as it came.  other than that...same as usual.  take care guys.
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline AaronbytheC

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2011, 09:44:15 PM »
day 12... Right on track!  LOL   :P

A friend recommend warm baths with Aveeno oatmeal soothing bath treatment...  The stuff works great for itch relief of the Atripla rash!

 http://www.aveeno.com/skincare/products/soothing-bath-treatment

Good luck with it and keep it up, it will pass shortly.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2011, 12:27:54 AM by AaronbytheC »
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 WillyWump

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2011, 10:06:10 PM »
Way to go Bren. Sounds like you are doing really well, other than the rash thingie, but as Aaron says try the Aveeno oatmeal, I love it and it works wonders on the skin.

Keep on keeepin' on!

-Will

POZ since '08

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 mecch

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2011, 07:17:07 AM »
Glad to hear things are well enough. Hope the rash fades soon.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2011, 05:55:30 AM »
DAY 15:  Rash is gone, but i still have an itch on the palms of my hands and around my ankles....never had itchy palms before, but i try to resist scratching.  mentally, i feel better and better each day, and even forget sometimes that I have hiv.

thanks for all your posts guys...makes me feel really good when i read them. 

will keep updating until the 4 weeks of taking atripla are over.....2 more weeks.
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline thelovedones

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2011, 08:40:44 AM »
Glad your rash is gone.

Confused about your last sentence.....Are you going off Atripla? Did I miss something in the posts? I am a little dim these days so forgive me.
2/26/11 – Diagnosis at State Dept of Health (anonymous testing center)
2/28/11 – Oral Swab Positive diagnosis and confirmatory blood test taken
3/4/11 – Confirmed HIV Positive diagnosis; blood drawn for T-cell count, VL, and medical profile
3/11/11 – VL: 192765, T-cell: 195
3/16/11 – Prescribed Atripla and took Pill 1
4/29/11 - VL: 413, T-cell: 311
6/28/11 - VL: UNDETECTABLE, T-Cell: 437


"I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine"

Offline brenner

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2011, 08:48:27 AM »
no no no...not going off atripla at all....just wanted to document the side effects for the 4 weeks of taking meds. 

i do have to draw blood tomorrow, so next week, we shall find out just how its working for me....im not going anywhere buddy.  just wanted to share my experience with the drug for the 4 week period.

hey, how are you feeling?  what did the docs say?
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline thelovedones

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2011, 09:03:09 AM »
Like I said, I'm a little dim these days. LOL....I'm really glad you're doing well on the Atripla. Gives me hope.

I feel fine now, HOWEVER until my rash subsides I'm off the bactrim and atripla. I feel a little like an acrobat without a net right now. They want to rechallange me on the Atripla to see if the fever/rash thing comes back to determine if I'm alergic to one of the 3 compounds. They're guessing its the Bactrim I'm alergic to. I'm praying to God that that's the case. I want to stick with the Atripla and get my numbers good soon.
2/26/11 – Diagnosis at State Dept of Health (anonymous testing center)
2/28/11 – Oral Swab Positive diagnosis and confirmatory blood test taken
3/4/11 – Confirmed HIV Positive diagnosis; blood drawn for T-cell count, VL, and medical profile
3/11/11 – VL: 192765, T-cell: 195
3/16/11 – Prescribed Atripla and took Pill 1
4/29/11 - VL: 413, T-cell: 311
6/28/11 - VL: UNDETECTABLE, T-Cell: 437


"I've seen this happen in other people's lives and now it's happening in mine"

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2011, 09:44:23 AM »
just be patient, my friend, until the lab results come out.  once they find whats causing this rash, they will give you alternatives.  and just in case it is the atripla, there are other great drugs out there that will help you beat this.  i know you have your heart set on Atripla, but just in case it isnt for you, its at least good that you find out early.

please let us know how it pans out.

a few days off the drug wont change anything :))
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline OzJock28

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2011, 05:48:17 PM »
I have to say so far yours is the post that I have viewed the most and dare I say even had a giggle when you sounded disappointed that you didn't get some wildly magical outrageous dream after taking your first tablet.

Please keep posting about your experience with atripla as although I am not on meds yet my doctor has that atripla would probably be prescribed once I start so it's great to read about your experiences and also the fact that we share a close diagnosis date.

J.x

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2011, 08:33:07 AM »
So it's been 5 months now on Atripla.  Things are back to normal in terms of my physical and mental well-being.  My weight is back to normal, energy levels are also back to normal....sleeping like a baby again, thank god.  My doc doesn't need to see me except for the quarterly blood draws. 

Life here has really gotten back to normal.  A bit too normal, if you ask me!

Now, where's my beer?

B
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #29 on: November 28, 2011, 12:49:13 PM »
8 months now.  Finally got to be undetectable.  My doctor is very pleased at my results.  He still wants to see me every 3 months for bloodwork, and then we may see each other twice a year.  My ks lesion is fading from the middle out.  It's now a third of the size it was, so that keeps me having faith in my meds.  Other than that, life as usual and no big deal.

Champagne for everyone!!!!!!
Feb 23. 2011  poz diagnosed
Feb 28.  cd4 257, vl 262400, %21
Mar 14.  start Atripla
May 18.  cd4 639, vl 690, %33
Aug 19.  cd4 583, vl 60, %38
Nov 18.  cd4 450, vl UD, %38
2012
Feb.19   cd4 649, vl UD, %35
Jun 08.  cd4 524, vl UD, %34
Sep 16.  cd4 567, vl UD, %35
Dec 02.  cd4 592, vl UD, %35
2013
Mar 10.  cd4 688, vl UD, %35

Offline Sunshine28

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2011, 04:06:41 PM »
I started on Atripla 2weeks ago. It is really helpful to see how others are dealing with it. your diary has been amazing for me. the only side effects i have had is the grogginess in the morning, otherwise I am fine.
Getting kidney and liver tests done on a few weeks. Hopeful that everything is fine and that everything will turn out for the best

Mad love and thanx

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Re: Diary on Atripla Treatment
« Reply #31 on: December 08, 2011, 05:59:55 PM »
I was infected in May of 2005- knew it within 4 weeks.  Didn't have to start meds till June 2009- Atripla.  It's made my lipids go up and I'm on meds for that, but within 2 months, my VL was undetectable and my CD4 was over 400.  It makes me groggy and I occasionally have wild dreams but the Atripla has been a blessing for me.

I'm so glad I wasn't exposed until 2005 and modern medicine can now 'control' it.  Every time when I hear about the horror stories that people who were poz in the 80's and 90's had to go thru, I whisper a sweet "Thank You!" to my Supreme Being for Atripla.
"So much has been given to me that I have no time to ponder on that which has been denied." ~ Helen Keller

 


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