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Author Topic: I start Complera tonight  (Read 2603 times)

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Offline regul8er80

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I start Complera tonight
« on: December 05, 2011, 03:37:32 PM »
I'm wicked nervous. How is the experience? I heard the side effects are better than Atripla.  ???

Offline scottieman

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2011, 04:24:32 PM »
make sure you take with a 400 calorie meal.  I've had 2 side effects, which didn't start right away.  The first was insomnia and the second was a change in mood which made me very quick to anger.  They both hit me in the end of the second week, into the third.  But for me, both resolved in about a week to 10 days after they started.  Hang in there, the nerves about taking the first pill I think are the worst.  Relax and things will be OK.
August 19, 2011 Negative Oral Swap
August 30-September 4, 2011 (Thought Strep throat really sero-conversion)
October 5th, HIV Diagnosis
October 22 labs, CD4 619, VL 21,000 21%
November 13th, Started Complera
January 9th, Labs CD4 631, VL-UD 28%
March 28th Labs CD4 610, VL-UD 31%
July 2nd CD4 792, 34% VL-75
August 7th, 2012 CD4 899, 35% VL-97
September 17th, 2012 CD4 989, 33% VL-27
November 8, 2012  CD4 850, VL-UD, 39%
December 6, 2012 CD4 849, VL-UD, 39%
April 2, 2013 CD4 904, VL-UD, 33%
July 17, 2013 CD4 988, VL UD, 38.2%

Offline buginme2

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011, 04:49:40 PM »
Its natural to be nervous.   These threads are filled with hundreds of posts of people nervous about that first day of taking their medication (myself included).  99%+ of the time its followed a few days later with "its not that bad.". You will be OK. 

If you do have any weird side effects the first day, keep in mind often times it takes a little while (couple days or weeks) to get used to the meds and side effects to go away.


Offline butterfly

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011, 04:54:11 PM »
Chances are, you will find that you are way over anxious about it. I know I was. The dizziness spells at first was the only thing that affected me. They didn't last but they sucked when I was driving down the road pulling a trailer. I would simply pull over, wait for it to pass then continue on my way. You can find out the exact details of what I have/am going through by looking at my thread. It is the beginning of a story I plan on telling at some point of my journey through all of this. It seems that the rage/temper thing is pretty common. I would suggest preparing for it ahead of time.


Offline regul8er80

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2011, 07:00:07 PM »
Should I take it before bed? Or should I take it when I have dinner?

Offline scottieman

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2011, 07:06:27 PM »
It has to be taken WITH the meal, it requires the stomach acid to be absorbed
August 19, 2011 Negative Oral Swap
August 30-September 4, 2011 (Thought Strep throat really sero-conversion)
October 5th, HIV Diagnosis
October 22 labs, CD4 619, VL 21,000 21%
November 13th, Started Complera
January 9th, Labs CD4 631, VL-UD 28%
March 28th Labs CD4 610, VL-UD 31%
July 2nd CD4 792, 34% VL-75
August 7th, 2012 CD4 899, 35% VL-97
September 17th, 2012 CD4 989, 33% VL-27
November 8, 2012  CD4 850, VL-UD, 39%
December 6, 2012 CD4 849, VL-UD, 39%
April 2, 2013 CD4 904, VL-UD, 33%
July 17, 2013 CD4 988, VL UD, 38.2%

Offline regul8er80

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2011, 07:09:07 PM »
Ok. But overall, the side effects are not as bad as Atripla, right?

Offline scottieman

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2011, 07:18:59 PM »
that's what I hear, but I've only taken Complera, it's my first medication.
August 19, 2011 Negative Oral Swap
August 30-September 4, 2011 (Thought Strep throat really sero-conversion)
October 5th, HIV Diagnosis
October 22 labs, CD4 619, VL 21,000 21%
November 13th, Started Complera
January 9th, Labs CD4 631, VL-UD 28%
March 28th Labs CD4 610, VL-UD 31%
July 2nd CD4 792, 34% VL-75
August 7th, 2012 CD4 899, 35% VL-97
September 17th, 2012 CD4 989, 33% VL-27
November 8, 2012  CD4 850, VL-UD, 39%
December 6, 2012 CD4 849, VL-UD, 39%
April 2, 2013 CD4 904, VL-UD, 33%
July 17, 2013 CD4 988, VL UD, 38.2%

Offline regul8er80

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2011, 07:47:33 PM »
ok. i swallowed the pill and had some chinese food...
« Last Edit: December 05, 2011, 10:28:01 PM by regul8er80 »

Offline regul8er80

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2011, 10:08:34 PM »
no side effects at all  ;D

Offline DanMo

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2011, 12:19:19 AM »
Hey regul8er80:

I hope you have a good experience! I'm on Atripla, and the first night was a doozy! The second night was 90% better, and from then on out, it's been smooth sailing :D

Glad to hear that you're on the new drug! Keep us updated about your experience with it so far since it's a new drug.
“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.” —Frida Kahlo

11 Feb 2011 - Preliminary positive
07 Mar 11 - Inconclusive WB
14 Mar 11 - Diagnosed positive
05 Apr 11 - 355 (21%) / VL: 186,054
27 Apr 11 - 390 (20%) / VL: 285,095
06 Jun 11 - 298 (19%) / VL:  78,380
01 Aug 11 - > STARTED ATRIPLA <
30 Aug 11 - 699 (31%) / VL: 1,938
03 Nov 11 -                / VL: 645
27 Dec 11 - 559 (35%) / VL: 1,189
11 Jan 12 -                 / VL: <20
09 Apr 12 - 686 (40%) / VL: UD
11 Jul 12 - 793 (37%) / VL: 25

Offline csguy1

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2011, 12:17:36 AM »
Scottieman - glad to hear you are not feeling anymore affects. Are you still getting angry quicker then usual?

regul8er80 - Hope you are doing well. Please let us know how Complera is working out for you. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best! :)

Offline regul8er80

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2011, 02:19:04 PM »
Hi csguy

I can honestly say that I'm having no side effects at all. It's like I'm taking an antibiotic everyday. I'm also sleeping like a baby at night. This is my third day on it and I feel more energetic and I feel more at ease. I also switched to morning doses since its working so good. I took my first pill this morning and I feel awesome. I am truly truly lucky.

Remember that this medication will save your life. It's very normal to feel anxious the first day (God knows I was ) but by the second day, you get less anxious. This morning when I swallowed my third pill, I was at peace. After an hour, I forgot I had taken it.

Medications works differently with everyone. Just make sure that when and if you do get any side effects at all, tell yourself that it's normal and fhat you will get through it.


Offline scottieman

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2011, 05:30:21 PM »
I don't think I am getting angry any quicker now than I was pre-Complera.  The mood issue has really seemed to resolve, which I am so glad about.
August 19, 2011 Negative Oral Swap
August 30-September 4, 2011 (Thought Strep throat really sero-conversion)
October 5th, HIV Diagnosis
October 22 labs, CD4 619, VL 21,000 21%
November 13th, Started Complera
January 9th, Labs CD4 631, VL-UD 28%
March 28th Labs CD4 610, VL-UD 31%
July 2nd CD4 792, 34% VL-75
August 7th, 2012 CD4 899, 35% VL-97
September 17th, 2012 CD4 989, 33% VL-27
November 8, 2012  CD4 850, VL-UD, 39%
December 6, 2012 CD4 849, VL-UD, 39%
April 2, 2013 CD4 904, VL-UD, 33%
July 17, 2013 CD4 988, VL UD, 38.2%

Offline csguy1

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2011, 10:26:48 PM »
Thanks for the reply guys.

Another quick q: Does it feel you are on an antibiotic while on the medication? Or do you have as much energy and you prior being + almost as if life is back to normal( feeling wise) not lifestyle wise?


Offline regul8er80

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Re: I start Complera tonight
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2011, 10:05:46 AM »
What did you mean by 'does it feel like you're on an antibiotic'? When I take antibiotics, I don't feel anything lol. What I meant was: When I take Complera, I feel nothing.

And yes, before I started my medication, I always felt tired, fatigued. And now that I started my medication, I feel more energetic. I feel great  :D

 


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