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Author Topic: Will not have access to Atripla for a little while  (Read 885 times)

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Offline Ac75088

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Will not have access to Atripla for a little while
« on: May 15, 2012, 02:21:43 PM »
I tried to get my prescription, but my insurance ran out and I need to get it renewed..However, I am unable to do that until next week! I'll be off my meds for the first time in over a year and am a little scared..I mean obviously when I'm gonna go str8 to my doc once I do get my insurance back, and let him know about my treatment interruption, but do I run a big risk or resistance or illness from being off of Atripla for a week or 2? Will I have to end up switching meds, or do u think my doc will tell me to continue?
01-12-08 Tested poz cd4 700 vl 8,000
04-25-11 Lowest cd4 count of 415 vl high at 250,000
05-03-11 Started Atripla
05-16-11 Hospitalized and treated for 2 weeks (neurosyphilis)
07-05-11 CD4 count 585 VL 550
10-04-11 CD4 count 700 VL 75
02-03-12 CD4 count 799 VL UD
08-08-12 CD4 count 838 VL UD

Offline leatherman

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Re: Will not have access to Atripla for a little while
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012, 02:50:14 PM »
you should see if there's an ASO in your area and contact them about this situation to see if they can help at all.

being off atripla a week or 2 could be problematic but there's no way to tell till the deed is done. I hope you can find an emergency measure and not go without meds.

Use this incident as a learning experience too. Keep up on your insurance, keep up on your prescription refills, and keep a small stockpile of meds for these kinds of "just in case" situations. ;)
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

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Re: Will not have access to Atripla for a little while
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012, 04:40:47 PM »
There was a big commotion at the clinic the otherday because prescribing doc was on sick leave and other docs at a conference overseas. While nurses understand that people with their lab results unchanged (UD...) should keep with there combo they have no authority to write an Rx.
There was a big mess and big distress amoung some of the psychologically frail patients. The chief nurse came to me, a desesperate look in her eyes:
- how are you going to do ? do you need meds urgently
- I don't mind: I have a 4 months stock
- could you please help some of these people
- sure, anyone on the same combo as I, here ?
- No.... 
(which is why I keep stock... I am sorry I can not help others on one hand, but I understand noone could help me out if in need...)

If the problem is only about insurrance and you can not get help from ASO or ER, I would rather pay hard cash for the meds than take any risk.

If you are in the US you may find help... I live in socialized health care environment. It has some good points, but, people lose a sense of community support

If you can borrow pills from a friend you can give them back later , skipping a  dose once every 15 days should be safe enough to build a small stock or return to the person who has helped you.

Hope this helps (a bit)

Eric

PS: some people on this forum once reported being off meds for a week by accident and that not been a problem. but 2 weeks... that is an interruption, i guess

PPS: here,  found a pharmacist who apparently does not mind about making 'mistakes' in her files... She has been very helpfull, you may try this venue (especially with a smaller independant pharmacy who would love to have a new customer)
« Last Edit: May 15, 2012, 04:52:36 PM by eric48 »
NVP/ABC/3TC/... UD; CD4 > 1000; CD4/CD8 ~ 2.0   safety stock : 2 months

Offline Ac75088

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Re: Will not have access to Atripla for a little while
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 01:28:17 AM »
Thanks to a great person on here, who also lives in my city..I now have another week and a half worth of Atripla..He is no longer on Atripla and had extra he was willing to give me..I am so grateful for how nice people can be here..And now I can learn from this mistake and get everything taken care of..Thanks so much!!
01-12-08 Tested poz cd4 700 vl 8,000
04-25-11 Lowest cd4 count of 415 vl high at 250,000
05-03-11 Started Atripla
05-16-11 Hospitalized and treated for 2 weeks (neurosyphilis)
07-05-11 CD4 count 585 VL 550
10-04-11 CD4 count 700 VL 75
02-03-12 CD4 count 799 VL UD
08-08-12 CD4 count 838 VL UD

Offline leatherman

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Re: Will not have access to Atripla for a little while
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 01:52:01 AM »
Thanks to a great person on here, who also lives in my city..I now have another week and a half worth of Atripla.
that's excellent news!!!  ;D
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

 


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