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Author Topic: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?  (Read 4024 times)

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Offline SuperDuper

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Hi,
I need feedback on this. I quit for a while and started smoking cigarettes again , i guess the stress of it all i reached for the smokes. I have every intention of quitting the nasty addiction but i am realistic that one step at a time is wise. I start Atripla tomorrow so i need to get the intro to the drug under my belt and then tackle the smoking issue once i get used to the Atripla and side effects if any. Any smokers on here that can offer some advice? Is it gonna do some weird interaction if i am still smoking during the start of taking this medication? Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2011, 09:14:09 PM »
Is it gonna do some weird interaction if i am still smoking during the start of taking this medication?

short answer: no
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Offline SuperDuper

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2011, 09:56:17 PM »
Thanks for the info, much appreciated.

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2011, 10:18:31 PM »
I smoked a pack a day while on Atripla (and my other regimin for that matter) and had no adverse side effects etc... The drugs still worked fine.

Good luck with the Atripla tomorrow, and yes, kick back and have a good relaxing smoke :)

Let us know how it goes.

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2011, 09:48:06 AM »
According to my doctor, the only ARV where it's not a good idea to be a smoker when taking is Abacavir. Even though I've passed the Abacavir gene test (the one that shows liability to having an adverse reaction to Abacavir), he won't let me take it because I'm a long-term smoker.

Smoking with any drug won't really make a difference to short-term side-effects, but if a certain drug can increase heart problems and you also smoke while taking that drug, well, do the maths. It won't help.
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Offline WillyWump

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2011, 05:52:03 PM »
According to my doctor, the only ARV where it's not a good idea to be a smoker when taking is Abacavir. Even though I've passed the Abacavir gene test (the one that shows liability to having an adverse reaction to Abacavir), he won't let me take it because I'm a long-term smoker.

Smoking with any drug won't really make a difference to short-term side-effects, but if a certain drug can increase heart problems and you also smoke while taking that drug, well, do the maths. It won't help.

That makes sense, but I'm wondering why my doc didnt mention this to me when she switched me to Epzicom (and was still smoking like a chimney). Damn good thing I decided to quit on my own, or the Wumps may have been "tits up" by now.
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Offline SuperDuper

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011, 06:44:50 PM »
You are all awesome. I have read all your comments and I thank you for taking the time to reply. I start tonight so I am sure I am gonna have lots more questions etc. I am a little anxious , i must say.

Offline eric48

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2011, 07:17:58 PM »
Years of life expectancy at age 55 lost because of smoking : 4 years

source:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3128016/?tool=pubmed

Years of life expectancy at age 55 lost because of HIV : 1 year (for males, significantly more for females)

source:
http://www.natap.org/2010/CROI/croi_26.htm

and most likely much less under prolonged successfull HAART

HIV/HAART wins over smoking, except that smoking is a free choice, and HAART is a choice with much less room for freedom...

As for the OP being a little anxious... Who is not when starting (any) therapy ? ?
fortunately, the news meds are doing an amazing job !

I think i suffer more from anxiety than from the meds: I hope you will fare better than me in that dept !


Cheers! Eric

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2011, 09:44:28 AM »
Hi SuperDuper,

I got your mssg, sorry but not very familiar with the site and I dont know how to send you a personal/private message.

Write me another message so we can chat.

bye

XXX

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2011, 08:25:48 AM »
Hi SuperDuper,

I got your mssg, sorry but not very familiar with the site and I dont know how to send you a personal/private message.

Write me another message so we can chat.

bye

XXX

Canadian poz, you would not have been able to see the PM function until you posted your post above. The PM function is not activated until one has posted three time or more - this is to stop people joining only with the intent to spam people's PM boxes with advertisements. (Yes, people really do do that! We do our best to keep this place spam-free.)

Look at your info at the top upper left-hand side of any forum page - under where your avatar would be, you'll see links for PMs, Show unread, Show replies, and Show own posts. Click on the PM link and away you go! :)

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2011, 01:11:55 PM »
smoking will put you six feets under reguardless of any medication taken with it.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2011, 01:13:39 PM by xman »
sign the petition launched by the aids policy project addressed to the nih aimed to increase the money needed to find the cure:

http://www.aidspolicyproject.org/petition_for_the_nih

we can make a difference and we need to fight. please support them! it doesn't cost you anything. they need it now more than ever!

Offline Ann

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2011, 07:31:44 AM »
smoking will put you six feets under reguardless of any medication taken with it.

Life will do that to you too. Two things you cannot escape - death and taxes.
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline xman

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Re: Starting Atripla and still smoking cigarettes, is there any danger?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2011, 09:37:04 AM »
Life will do that to you too. Two things you cannot escape - death and taxes.

sure but cigarettes will do it much earlier than life. on average at least 10 years. following your logic why even spend money on aids prevention since we all die one day?  ::)
« Last Edit: October 15, 2011, 09:41:51 AM by xman »
sign the petition launched by the aids policy project addressed to the nih aimed to increase the money needed to find the cure:

http://www.aidspolicyproject.org/petition_for_the_nih

we can make a difference and we need to fight. please support them! it doesn't cost you anything. they need it now more than ever!

 


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