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Offline brenner

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starting atripla tomorrow
« on: March 13, 2011, 04:36:32 PM »
hey everyone, starting atripla tomorrow...will let you know how it goes on a day to day basis.  am looking forward to it on the health side of it.....terrified of the side effects, but thats life huh.

any tips and experiences will be most appreciated.
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 buginme2

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2011, 04:53:49 PM »
Don't worry about the side effects.  They go away, and they are not that bad to begin with.  Ive been on Atripla since December and am doing fine.  I had some side effects but they do get better over time.

Suggestion:   They tell you to take it on an empty stomach, about 2 hours after you finished your last meal.  They aren't kidding.  Especially during the first month until you get used to it I would follow this rule.

Good luck, you will do fine.  If you have any questions feel free to ask!
"All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine."

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Offline WillyWump

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2011, 05:00:19 PM »
Hi Bren,

It's extremely possible that you may not even get any side effects, if you do it would most likely be the sleep issues, dreams, etc... Nothing to be terrified of.  Of course there are other possible side effects but who's to say you will get those. Worst case scenario is that you will ahve to switch to another regimin, which is  nothing to be worried about either.  ;D

Good luck and knock 'em dead!

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6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%
8/9/12, CD4 not taken, UD.
2/13/12, CD4- 904, UD 42%

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2011, 05:18:33 PM »
Hi brenner,

Bug and I started about the same time, the only side effects that i really had was a warm sensation around my ears the first few times i took it, and just to echo what bug said about the eating, its important to take it on an empty stomach, it makes a world of difference, trust me.

i usually eat my last meal around 630p and take my pill at 930p, the first week or so you may get a little light headed, but if you take it before bed then you wont really notice.  I do have little more vivid dreams, but nothing bad i just remember then more than i used too.  Also these pills are kinda like a Viagra for me in an odd way, I wake up with a boner every morning...lol.  So that may be something good to look forward too...not that you need that, but it seemed to be a fun plus...lol.

take care!
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

Offline buginme2

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2011, 05:21:05 PM »
Ditto the boner effect.  So if your med can work against HIV and also give you boner's why would you take anything else? 

 :)
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Offline mbpoz6

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2011, 06:44:35 PM »
hey everyone, starting atripla tomorrow...will let you know how it goes on a day to day basis.  am looking forward to it on the health side of it.....terrified of the side effects, but thats life huh.

any tips and experiences will be most appreciated.
Whats up brenner,

I just started Atripla on Thursday. The side effects are very minimal. A bit of dizziness, but nothing too crazy. It's kind of wearing off too.

Hope everything works out for you.

Offline David_CA

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2011, 07:06:06 PM »
Don't worry about side effects; not everybody has them.  If you do have any, that doesn't mean that they'll bother you.  I'd suggest that you do follow the recommendation of not eating for a few hours before taking it... until you're comfortable with how Atripla makes you feel.  I had a few funky dreams from time to time, but they didn't happen too often.  After several months, they were rare.  If you do feel a bit odd in the morning, I've found that stimulants (ie most likely coffee) and exercise take care of 'em.  I've been taking mine in the mornings for about three years now, and my viral load is undetectable, I feel good, and I'm healthy; I bet you'll have the same experiences!  Good luck with it; most of us (that I've talked to) do fine on Atripla. 
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03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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Offline brenner

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2011, 05:03:29 AM »
Thanks everyone, for all your words.  6 hours and counting till i get my pills.
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 brenner

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2011, 01:59:41 PM »
ok...came back from the doc.  reactivity results were good.  got a months supply of atripla.  staring at the bottle right now.  10.30 pm is swallowing time.  work your magic bitch.  bring that vl down, and work your magic.  right now, i feel like i am in a high school party where lsd or something is being passed around.  excited, but really nervous.  i am holding it together really well, i must say.  havent broken down yet since the news of being poz.  going through the motions of life as usual..going to work, social events, etc...nothing feels really different right now.  once in a while, it hits me, but then i get over it.  its here and its not going away.  so lets fight it.  lucky that i have insurance, great doctors, and friends who are supportive and also going through this and doing just fine, and to all of your posts that make me feel that its going to be ok.  so lets do it, bitches.
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 Azrael2012

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2011, 07:49:33 PM »
Hey dont worry about starting Atripla, Ive been on it for 18 months and only had 2 bad experiences during that time as I ate some fatty food close to taking it and staying up and drinking a bottle of wine! That said, If you do take it and find that you have weird dreams or as some people experience insomnia, eat a banana after you take it and go to sleep, the banana has an enzyme that releases melatonin to help you sleep and it with stop your adrenal glands kicking in during the night and waking you up.....you may feel a bit groggy a few days into the regime, personally I have found it to be a wonder drug and I have very bad epilepsy and that causes me more trouble...I went undetectable in 3 weeks from starting it....and have remained that way since Dec 18th 2010. Good Luck wit it!

Offline ppp333

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2011, 09:02:11 PM »
Azrael u mean December 2009? U said u have been on Atripla sor 18 months..just checking..

Offline Azrael2012

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2011, 02:56:18 PM »
yup......diagnosed Nov 07, and started meds 18months ago...still on em

Offline brenner

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2011, 07:14:23 AM »
DAY ummm....lost count...hang on.. 25...

ok... still no side effects.  put on 4 pounds since starting, which is great as i had lost about 20 pre diagnosis and was not fitting into any of my clothes.

my kaposi sarcoma lesion is fading, but i am still not sure if thats just my head saying it...doc thinks so, but hes not sure either.  but i feel better and better each day, and the fear and shock that i had before is fading like my ks.  i just feel psychologically better knowing what the reason for my malaise was pre dxd, and knowing that i am fighting it back. 

Cant wait to get my new numbers tomorrow.  Will post them up when i get home from the doc. 

Any questions?  please just ask...will be happy to answer.
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 Ann

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2011, 07:49:16 AM »
No questions here - just wanted to say that it's great that you've having such good results with no side effects. It sounds like you're in for a pleasant surprise when you get your labs tomorrow.
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Offline brenner

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2011, 07:57:40 AM »
thanks ann.  lets see whats awaiting me at the clinic....but will post whatever i get.  its still early in the meds realm, so im not expecting a miracle right now.
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: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2011, 09:18:48 AM »
Hey,

Just saw this. So glad to hear you're feeling better, especially psychologically. That counts for so much.

My fingers are crossed for you. Best of luck on your numbers
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


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Offline brenner

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2011, 09:38:43 PM »
hello everyone.  so its been around 8 weeks since ive been on atripla.  seems to be working its magic.  vl dropped from 292,000 to 690 and my cd4 jumped from 257 to 690.  im a bit confused, as i thought the cd4 numbers creep up slowly.  is it normal for it to jump up that high so quickly or is it a blip or what?  any thoughts?  ann?  matty?

much love.
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

Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2011, 07:46:00 AM »
Hey, congratulations -- it looks like Atripla is treating you well.   :)

A lot of people see a good increase in tcells right off the bat.  I know after I got out of the hospital with pneumonia (when I had a count of 22) my tcells went back up to a little under 50 before I started the meds.  After 2 and a half months they had jumped almost to 300.

So... what are you doing to celebrate?

Be well
A
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

Offline brenner

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2011, 08:40:10 AM »
thanks...really happy about the results, but shocked at the same time.  feeling great and will have a nice beer 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 skeebo1969

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2011, 12:23:57 PM »
hello everyone.  so its been around 8 weeks since ive been on atripla.  seems to be working its magic.  vl dropped from 292,000 to 690 and my cd4 jumped from 257 to 690.  im a bit confused, as i thought the cd4 numbers creep up slowly.  is it normal for it to jump up that high so quickly or is it a blip or what?  any thoughts?  ann?  matty?

much love.
b

Congrats on the awesome results.   Your results are not necessarily abnormal, just means your body, and the virus, are reacting as intended to treatment.   Great feelings none the less, enjoy that beer tonight.
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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2011, 09:38:41 PM »
So just an update on my meds, while on the topic.  After about a month of taking them at night, around 10.30, i decided to take them in the morning around 9 am.  This just made it easier to take the pills wilth brushing my teeth.  I tend to have irregular sleep habits, always have...so it made more sense to take it in the morning.  I spoke to my doctor about it and he gave me the green light.  I can function normally, no dizziness or anything.  so thats that.
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 phildinftlaudy

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2011, 09:41:34 PM »
So just an update on my meds, while on the topic.  After about a month of taking them at night, around 10.30, i decided to take them in the morning around 9 am.  This just made it easier to take the pills wilth brushing my teeth.  I tend to have irregular sleep habits, always have...so it made more sense to take it in the morning.  I spoke to my doctor about it and he gave me the green light.  I can function normally, no dizziness or anything.  so thats that.
Sounds good -- for so many people, Atripla is a very accomodating medication.  I have heard of others who take it in the AM.  I am still a PM person with it - between 10 pm and midnight - but, I probably could do the AM thing without any negative effects --- but then I might miss out on some of the dreams. 

Glad it is working out for you.
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Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
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
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: starting atripla tomorrow
« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2011, 07:02:31 AM »
Good to read that Atripla is working well for you.  The main thing (regardless of when you take the pill) is to keep the virus in check.  Congrats!

but then I might miss out on some of the dreams. 

Those dreams have been on the mild side for me this week for some reason. 

 


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