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Author Topic: Taking Meds off regular schedule  (Read 1562 times)

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Offline hypozsc

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Taking Meds off regular schedule
« on: October 03, 2006, 10:51:22 AM »
I'm scheduled to have an upper endoscopy procedure this week. I was told not to eat or drink after midnight prior to the procedure. Normally I take my meds in the morning about 8:00 but I have to be at the hospital by 7:30 and the procedure isn't until 9:00. I haven't a clue as to how long it will take or what I'm expected to do afterwards but I'm concerned about having to take my meds several hours later than normal. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Re: Taking Meds off regular schedule
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2006, 03:33:54 PM »
hypo,

Your best bet would be to discuss this with your doctor. I would imagine that a one-time incident of taking your meds after the proceedure would be ok. Does the doc who is doing the proceedure know of your hiv status? If so, you can make arrangements to take your meds at the first possible opportunity.

It might also help if you tell us what meds you are on - some are more forgiving where timing is concerned than others.

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Re: Taking Meds off regular schedule
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2006, 03:42:25 PM »
As a one-off, it is unlikely to make any differnce if you take them several hours late

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Offline hypozsc

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Re: Taking Meds off regular schedule
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2006, 04:28:54 PM »
Thanks Ann & Matt for the replies.

I am taking Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada - my viral load is below 50 and my CD4 is just over 200. I spoke with the ID nurse and she said it was OK to wait but I've had other issues with my current ID staff (getting the wrong dosage of Reyataz and then getting prescribed a proton pump inhibitor which can have severe interactions with Reyataz). I'm in the process of changing ID physicians. Needless to say, I'm leery of what they tell me is OK to do and that's why I posted here for other opinions.

Thanks again!

Offline whizzer

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Re: Taking Meds off regular schedule
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2006, 09:27:35 PM »
My physician has told me that dosing up to two hours late is acceptable, but not to make a habit of it.

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Re: Taking Meds off regular schedule
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2006, 08:27:45 AM »
Hi there,

I always try to be so precise in taking my meds on time. I give myself a thirty minute lee-way on taking the meds.

Knowing how anal I am about taking the meds on time, I would probably adjust the time up, by one half hour increments, per day, until the day of the endoscopy. My upper endosocopy lasted about one and a half hours. I also take my meds at 8:00Am.

I would then readjust the time back in one half hour increments after the procedure, so you could back on regular schedule again. Sound like a lot of effort, I know, but thats just me, :P  and how I would handle it. BHut if your doctor said you have a two hour dosing time. well, sounds OK to me.



Take care, and wishing you the best on the endoscopy. It will be over before you know it. They put you out, I don't remember a thing, except when I woke up, it was about an hour and a half later, and I was feeling fine !!!


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