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Author Topic: Starting Meds after all these years  (Read 2316 times)

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Offline bear60

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Starting Meds after all these years
« on: September 21, 2012, 03:59:03 PM »
Seems that there is no choice anymore,  Even for us Non Progressors.  Its meds or meds......nothing in between.  I believe (my opinion is)  that the doctors feel that as we age,  our cell replication (including T Cell replication) slows or at least produces less vital cells.  (Compared to when we were younger.)
So.....my doctor is prescribing COMPLERA  for me.  Its fairly new, and is a one a day pill. Luckily.
The thoughts about treatment have swung back to everyone with HIV be on meds.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2012, 03:40:47 PM by bear60 »
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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2012, 06:53:22 AM »
Joel, I've got a couple clients on Complera and they've had no issues with it.   I'm sure this is a big step for you, but I know you'll be alright. 
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2012, 07:33:26 AM »
so have your numbers changed, or this just because aging ages the cells?
are your numbers at a place that you'll be able to see any change/difference after your start?

best of luck with the drugs ;) They're not so bad, and most everyone is doing them LOL :D
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2012, 11:36:04 AM »
Hey Joel,

As Betty said, I know several people who take Complera with no problem.

Let us know how it goes.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline bear60

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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2012, 12:40:58 PM »
leatherman...actually my numbers HAVE changed. ( But even if they hadnt my doc would put me on meds simply due to the fact I am almost 70 years old)
Always been above 500, my CD4 is now 384.  But hey, I got 24 years out of it. I hear I'll feel much better and stop sleeping 12hours a day.
Thanks for the encouragement Betty, Mark and Ann.
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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2012, 02:48:45 PM »
well Joel, I guess that time has come my friend.   I have a good friend on Complera, he has done GREAT with it.  I hope it goes as smoothly for you.

Keep us posted, and hugs to you

Alan
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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2012, 03:24:56 PM »
But hey, I got 24 years out of it. I hear I'll feel much better and stop sleeping 12hours a day.
not a bad run then, eh?  ;) good luck with the meds, hopefully you should get a boost back up in those cd4s and also some energy. make sure to let us know how things go ;)
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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2012, 04:36:12 PM »
Best of luck Joel . After all these years up is the only way to go . As others have said an update would be appreciated . I have been on meds so long now that a fresh virgin point of view will be nice to hear LOL .   

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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2012, 08:40:56 PM »
  But hey, I got 24 years out of it. I hear I'll feel much better and stop sleeping 12hours a day.


Hey Joel,

Good luck with starting the meds.  And yes, you got a good long run without them.  I went 18 years, before I started on meds ( It almost killed me ) But when the doc said I needed to start  ( or else),..  I couldn't, start them fast enough.

I know your not in the position, that I was in, back in 2003... but you should do very well. Your post, reminded me of all those years , that I didn't need meds,( seemed like such a long time ago). Made me reflect back, and wished I whould have done things differently. Can't look back, got to look forward.

And also, after I started on meds, I didn't have to sleep, 12-15 hours a day anymore. 8 hours does me just fine now.  :)


Take care, let us know how everything is going for you. You'll do well !


Ray
« Last Edit: September 22, 2012, 08:44:33 PM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

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Offline Fisher

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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2012, 08:06:10 PM »
My goodness! I was an LTNP until this year, also. Just started drugs a couple weeks ago after likely 28 years. Virus finally mutated around my relative immunity. CD4 plus was also 700-900, VL always aouind 2,000. It finally got the upper hand, mutating. Maybe our age?  I am 56 now.

fisher


- fisher
07/14 CD 391 %20 VL UD
04/14 CD 486 %23 VL <20
11/13 CD 351 %21  VL <20
10/13 CD 390 %16  VL <20
06/13 CD 315 %19  VL  22
02/13 CD 396 %14  VL <20
12/12 CD 392 %13  VL 320
11/12 CD 428 %13  VL 1200
*Started Meds: Atripla
10/12 CD 427 %11  VL 139000 -- 09/12 CD 408 %13 VL 92928
09/11 CD 745 %27 VL CLOT -- 10/10 CD 863 %29 VL 2782
10/09 CD 597 %30 VL 2537 -- 05/08 CD 809 %28 VL 1504
04/07 CD 797 %25 VL 3558 -- 11/06 CD 720 %28 VL 1214
06/05 CD 731 %25 VL 1575 -- 12/04 CD 1176 %30 VL 1329
01/04 CD 959 %26 VL 1011 -- 11/03 CD 1000 %28 VL 1581
12/02 CD 748 %28 -- 10/01 CD 860 %25
08/00 CD 1022 %28 -- 04/99 CD 854 %27
11/98 CD 899 %28 -- 02/97 CD 1400 %37
11/96 CD 1325  VL <500 -- 09/96 Western Blot
05/83 04/98 - Monogamous Partner Being Negative
ARS - Los Angeles Dec '82

Offline Fisher

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Re: Starting Meds after all these years
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2012, 08:09:04 PM »
Bear:

My guess we are going through the same sort of thought right now.  And now we've got to learn to live with an "entirely, unsuspected reality" we never thought we'd be experiencing.

-fisher
- fisher
07/14 CD 391 %20 VL UD
04/14 CD 486 %23 VL <20
11/13 CD 351 %21  VL <20
10/13 CD 390 %16  VL <20
06/13 CD 315 %19  VL  22
02/13 CD 396 %14  VL <20
12/12 CD 392 %13  VL 320
11/12 CD 428 %13  VL 1200
*Started Meds: Atripla
10/12 CD 427 %11  VL 139000 -- 09/12 CD 408 %13 VL 92928
09/11 CD 745 %27 VL CLOT -- 10/10 CD 863 %29 VL 2782
10/09 CD 597 %30 VL 2537 -- 05/08 CD 809 %28 VL 1504
04/07 CD 797 %25 VL 3558 -- 11/06 CD 720 %28 VL 1214
06/05 CD 731 %25 VL 1575 -- 12/04 CD 1176 %30 VL 1329
01/04 CD 959 %26 VL 1011 -- 11/03 CD 1000 %28 VL 1581
12/02 CD 748 %28 -- 10/01 CD 860 %25
08/00 CD 1022 %28 -- 04/99 CD 854 %27
11/98 CD 899 %28 -- 02/97 CD 1400 %37
11/96 CD 1325  VL <500 -- 09/96 Western Blot
05/83 04/98 - Monogamous Partner Being Negative
ARS - Los Angeles Dec '82

 


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