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Prezista, Norvir, Truvada Regimen - some side effects?

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beentheredoneit:
It's been 2 weeks and no change besides lowered anxiety.  Still feeling tired, down, groggy every time I take this regimen. 

I seem to have tried every possibility only to again have these same side effects come back to haunt.  I don't know what else to try, but to ask the doctor for something to help me sleep and relax.

Ann:
Have you tried switching what time of day you're taking your meds?

For example, if you're feeling tired and groggy immediately or soon after taking them, perhaps you should take them before you go to bed.

This Prezista in this combo needs to be taken with a little bit of food, but you don't have to eat a whole meal before going to bed. A light snack will suffice.

This combo isn't known for causing the issues you're experiencing, so maybe you need to give it a little more time. Two weeks isn't all that long - it can take up to four to six weeks for the body to adjust.

Something else you should consider - the problems you're experiencing are also warning signs of depression. Undiagnosed and untreated depression is very common amongst hiv positive individuals. Do you have access to therapy?

Depression is nothing to be ashamed about and asking for help with managing depression isn't a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it takes strength to reach out and ask for help. Please explore this aspect of your overall well-being.

beentheredoneit:
I do take them before bed already.  I suppose I just need to give the regimen more time, as was suggested.

DrewEm:
Funny story - I was at an all day model building event on Saturday and at around 18.00 Hrs (6 PM) I went to my back pack to get my P,N & T - there was a guy in front of me at the water cooler and when he saw the four pills in my hand he said, "I see you take the same heart medicince combo."

Considering he had forty years on me, I hope not, these four are enough.

I plan to ask my pharmacist abot the single 800mg  prezista.

I haven't had the groggy feeling, but I'm naturally hyper - the one time  drunkenly had meth at a party...ugh...not pretty. I can't count the number of houses I cleaned!

mikeyb39:

--- Quote from: DrewEm on February 25, 2013, 02:52:25 AM ---
I plan to ask my pharmacist abot the single 800mg  prezista.



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I would certainly ask about the 800 mg pill, they just gave it to me last time i filled the prescription, i didn't even have to ask.  I thought they had given me the wrong pill at first because they put all my pills in a prescription bottle versus the original pharmaceutical bottle.

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