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Author Topic: Atripla - is tripping me up  (Read 2754 times)

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Offline hoxman

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Atripla - is tripping me up
« on: September 02, 2012, 04:09:47 AM »
Been on Atripla for 4 weeks now. I have been positive for a year. I take it at 10pm near bedtime and ensure I have not eaten for 2 hours before. The side effects are pretty strong still. I feel very 'stoned' by midnight and it keeps me awake. Since week 1 it has really affected my co ordination and my legs feel like jelly in the day. Walking normally requires a lot of effort and running is no longer possible. Its as if my brain signals are not reaching my limbs. Its also really making me feel depressed. The upside is that it has reduced my viral load from 120,000 to 900. Spoke with my Dr last week and will see him again this week. I dont like how this drug is controlling simple functions :-(
Anyone else experience anything similar?

Offline Alan_B

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2012, 04:53:28 AM »
I switched to norvir, truvada and prezista because atripla wasn't agreeing with me. Feel fantastic now. If it doesn't agree with you get it changed to something else. There are lots of other options out there.
Diagnosed - 01 Dec 2011 cd4 500
                  17 Jan 2012 cd4 520 vl 250k
                  02 Feb 2012 cd4 490 16% vl 167k - atripla
                  28 Jun 2012 cd4 610 24% vl 75
                       Jul 2012 cd4 870     Changed meds
                      Aug 2012 cd4 660 UD
                      Nov 2012 cd4 640 UD

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Offline Common_ground

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2012, 06:44:11 AM »
I take Truvada - Stocrin/Sustiva, its 2 pills instead of 1 and its the same meds as Atripla.

First month was rough but from there it got better and better almost by the day. I know what you mean by feeling stoned, I just up until recently after 3 months on these meds starting to shake that stone feeling, I had what can be described as being in a constant haze more or less 24/7 and it was frustrating to say the least.

Im also switching to take my meds in the morning instead of at night to hopefully get better (deeper more relaxed) sleep. The meds in Atripla are quite well studied so by being on a popular regimen there is a lot of knowledge about side effects and how to handle those.

If you dont have severe problems I would stick it out at least one more month, It got better for me and chances are it will for you too.

good luck, cheers :)
2011 May - Neg.
2012 June CD4:205, 16% VL:2676 Start Truvada/Stocrin
2012 July  CD4:234, 18% VL:88
2012 Sep  CD4:238, 17% VL:UD
2013 Feb  CD4:257, 24% VL:UD -viramune/truvada
2013 May CD4:276, 26% VL:UD

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2012, 07:40:53 AM »
I see no need to "stick it out" longer than four weeks when there are so many other options available. What's the point? All recommended regimens suppress viral load.

If the OP was complaining after one week I would stay stick it out for four, but this isn't the case here.
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Offline Common_ground

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2012, 08:45:47 AM »
Well, I did it and it worked out good for me. Whatever regimen there might be side effects and it could very well take longer than 4 weeks to get used to them. I guess the call is for the OP to make what he/she wants to do.
2011 May - Neg.
2012 June CD4:205, 16% VL:2676 Start Truvada/Stocrin
2012 July  CD4:234, 18% VL:88
2012 Sep  CD4:238, 17% VL:UD
2013 Feb  CD4:257, 24% VL:UD -viramune/truvada
2013 May CD4:276, 26% VL:UD

Offline hoxman

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2012, 12:39:33 PM »
Thanks to you all for replying- much appreciated!

Offline gwmpoz23

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2012, 09:59:58 PM »
I had bad luck with Atripla myself and actually went off of it 10 days into treatment.  I got the normal rash and that was fine but it was all the other things.  I went into strange moods,  forgetfulness, and most of all paranoia after starting it.  Everything was making me cry and scared.   It was the worst feeling I ever had.   

Offline Tony912

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2012, 11:54:27 PM »
I have been on Atripla for around six months now, I have had the the insomnia, confusion and depression that has come with it.  The physical side effects have subsided, and my over all numbers are tremendously better, but I still battle with depression and thoughts of doom and gloom. 

Offline scotty54

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2012, 10:37:37 AM »
I was also seeing an intensification of side effects from Atripla.  After nearly six years I was having trouble with tasks that required more concentration and focus.
I was also having sleeping issues....often waking at times in the middle of the night.
In spite of being concerned about dependency, I was increasing my Ambien consumption in order to get enough rest.

I recently switched to Complera (5 days ago).  I already am sleeping better and feeling more focused.  I think it was the Sustiva.  My numbers have been good on Atripla......so decided a smaller regimen change would be best.  I had thought about Isentress/Truvada.  For those of you that may have similar problems.....Complera eliminates the Sustiva compenant.  Will post with labs/trends in several weeks.  Thanks to all for all the posts
Mike
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Offline Common_ground

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2012, 11:01:42 AM »
Im on Sustiva/Truvada (the same components as Atripla but in separate pills) Im doing ok but still when reading your posts I dont know if there is something going on :o. Maybe I could feel better, sleep better and better concentrate. As of now I mainly have a problem with energy levels and fatigue, not physically but mentally (HIV or the meds? , dont know...)

Kind of hard to compare with any other meds when I only been on one regimen and have no idea how I might do on the others. I feel lucky thou to not have any gastro problems or diarrhea.
2011 May - Neg.
2012 June CD4:205, 16% VL:2676 Start Truvada/Stocrin
2012 July  CD4:234, 18% VL:88
2012 Sep  CD4:238, 17% VL:UD
2013 Feb  CD4:257, 24% VL:UD -viramune/truvada
2013 May CD4:276, 26% VL:UD

Offline Valmont

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2012, 02:01:52 PM »
I take the same molecules as yours in two generic pills for now 1 and 1/2 month...

I had no rash, no problem for sleeping except on the morning, during the first month it has been very difficult for me to wake up, but now I feel better...  I feel thirsty almost all the time.

On the morning, till 10 AM, I feel a little dizzy, little confusion, but it is going with time...  Anyway, it has never affected me to work.  I have some diarrhea matters but not sure if it is because of those meds.

Some days I still feel very tired, but other with a lot of energy, including more than before my diagnostic.  I think that with this kind of treatment it is super important to have a proper rest and sleep well.  I noticed that if I sleep late, the day after Im completely exhausted...  Also, when I exercice a lot, I feel really exhausted too; I think the key is resting well in all the cases...  With alcohol, half a glass of beer makes me as 3 before starting treatment...

Also my neck nodes have desappeared for almost 3 weeks...

Im very happy with these meds and hope now my VL has decreased...
Apr 2011: Diagnotized
Jun 2011: CD4: 504  VL: 176.000
Dic 2011: CD4: 714  VL: 95.000
May 2012: CD4: 395 VL: 67.000
Jun 2012: CD4: 367
Agu 2012: Starting Emtricitabine 200 mg / Tenofovir 300 mg and Efavirenz 600 mg (2 pills) different brands or VIRADAY/ATRIPLA/Mylan....
Sep 2012: VL: 138
Dic 2012: CD4: 708 VL: <34  %CD4: 32%
Jan 2013: CD4: 707 VL: <20
May 2013: CD4: 945 VL: <34 %CD4: 33%
Agu 2013: CD4: 636 VL: <34 %CD4: 50%
Dic 2013: Latent TB, started Isoniazid

Offline newt

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2012, 03:00:35 PM »
@hoxman - Your experience is usual, it usually passes. If it doesn't take something else. You will know if Atripla, specifically the efavirenz it contains, ain't for you. Meds is supposed to make you feel better, not ruin your life from side effects.

- matt
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Offline Pricho01

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2012, 10:56:22 PM »
Its also really making me feel depressed. The upside is that it has reduced my viral load from 120,000 to 900. Spoke with my Dr last week and will see him again this week. I dont like how this drug is controlling simple functions :-(
Anyone else experience anything similar?

I have just come off Atripla cause it made me feel like shit and I kept looking at long handled sharp knives longingly and not in a good way  :P .... starting new treatment soonish...
Dear Optimist, Pessimist, and Realist, While you guys were busy arguing about the glass of water, I drank it! Sincerely, The Opportunist

Offline gooodman

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Re: Atripla - is tripping me up
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2012, 05:44:21 PM »
I recently switched to Complera (5 days ago).  I already am sleeping better and feeling more focused.  I think it was the Sustiva. 
I recently switched to Complera (5 days ago).  I already am sleeping better and feeling more focused.  I think it was the Sustiva.  [/quote]
Your doc should tell u that Atripla also has Sustiva - and will give u same nightmares.. Because of Sustiva I took separately and then with Atripla I switched to Complera. The only side effect I have is gas passing, but getting better with right amount of right food. Fabulous! Taking during lunch time, do my daily exercise and taking my vitamins.. In 2 weeks will get my labs and will check if I lost T-cells.

 


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