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Author Topic: New Meds getting rid of the old ones  (Read 2683 times)

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Offline denb45

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New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« on: March 20, 2013, 01:27:58 PM »
OK, so after almost 6 to 7 yrs.  my ID Doc is taking me off of the Norivr, Aptivus, and the Travada to replace all 3 of them with Complera.....

Her ultimate goal is to get rid of the Tricor, Pravastatin, Quinapril, all them dam lipid meds, that I probably don't need any more ;)

so, this is going to be very interesting being able to only take 2 HIV/MEDS a day
being the Complera and the Isentress.....

worst case scenario, if I stop being UD and my VL go's up, she throw something else in the mix to combat any of this  :-[

wish me luck , I will keep this thread updated with the next labs
to see how well all of this play's out :)

HUGS

DEN  :D
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Offline mitch777

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 01:40:35 PM »
hey Den,
best of luck to you on the med changes!
it would be SO nice to dump the lipid meds if possible.
looking forward to your updates.
m.
31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline aztecan

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 10:21:14 PM »
Hey Dennis,

Congratulations! Keep us posted on how the new meds are doing.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2013, 03:26:52 PM »
Hey Den,...

Good luck on the med change. Keep us updated !


Hugs---Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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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 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013, 05:14:12 PM »
I AM sure that this change will be great for you, Den!  :-*
let us know how it goes  ;)
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


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Offline denb45

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2013, 06:12:07 PM »
I AM sure that this change will be great for you, Den!  :-*
let us know how it goes  ;)

Yes, and so will my Ins. Company BCBS too

this brings the price of my Meds way down

under to 1k mark, so that means 

lower co-pays too, kinda a Win Win , all the way around :)

HUGS

DEN  :D
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Offline denb45

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 06:32:42 PM »
Oh well here go's nothing  :P  I hope this works  :-[





HUGS

DEN  :D
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Offline mitch777

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 06:34:02 PM »
LOL!
Best wishes Den! :)
31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline wolfter

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2013, 06:58:19 AM »
Best of luck with your med changes.  Hope this brings about some relief.

Hugs
Wolfie
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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2013, 03:04:14 PM »
Let us know how this works out for you Dennis....

med changes can be scary for a lot of us.   Hope this one works out well for you.

Hugs, Alan
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Offline harleymc

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2013, 02:30:21 AM »
Hope it goes well for you.  I switched over to the same combo 4 months ago but still waiting for a drop in my lipids. Maybe it'll work faster for you.

I did get a 30% boost in my CD4s from 100 up to 130 so that's good.

Offline denb45

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2013, 10:40:15 AM »
So, it's been almost 2 weeks , so I'll give you all a review on the  Complera

the one thing I noticed
right off the bat, was no acid reflux, no bloating, no gas, no diarrhea

I now have solid stools, I haven't have those in yrs.  :D

( I don't look like a pregnant 56 yr old man anymore)  ;D

I'm kinda jittery and do fly off the handle more, and don't have the patients I used to have with people  :o

seem kinda odd just taking only 2 meds (Complera and the Isentress)

after almost 26 yrs this JUNE of being on Meds non-stop, without any
med holiday whatsoever  :o

Now let's see if i can keep my lipids down, I'll keep all of you old timers ( like me) posted on just how well that works out  :)

HUGS

DEN  ;)
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Offline bear60

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2013, 02:59:31 PM »
Thats great Dennis.
My experience is a little different since I had to stop taking Pantoprozole (Nexium) when I started Complera.  I now have great rumbling in my stomach and a bit of acid pain. But I take Zantac and it helps a little.  I think...hope...that my body will adjust to the change.
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Offline bear60

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2013, 02:59:38 PM »
Opppps.
Spoke too soon. Last night we had hot dogs in rolls with baked beans and cole slaw.
Well..........................the acid reflux was unbearable. I had to take 4 GasX and a small glass of Kefir to get to sleep.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline aztecan

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2013, 11:45:57 PM »
Thats great Dennis.
My experience is a little different since I had to stop taking Pantoprozole (Nexium) when I started Complera.  I now have great rumbling in my stomach and a bit of acid pain. But I take Zantac and it helps a little.  I think...hope...that my body will adjust to the change.


I didn't know that was a condition for taking Complera. I guess that puts it in the no category for me. Without my proton pump inhibitor, even water makes me sick.

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2013, 09:59:51 AM »
Hey Mark,

for what it's worth, I take  PREVACID
(lansoprazole), but I can only take it
@ bedtime, and cannot take it during to day
along with the Complera....

 And Joel,

I try to avoid any types of gassy
foods, if I can, but sometimes, it cannot
be avoided tho...

HUGS

DEN  :D
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Offline bear60

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2013, 10:04:59 AM »
Thanks Den....yes...no fatty/gassy food. Both of us were doubled over in pain after that fiasco of a meal.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline bear60

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Re: New Meds getting rid of the old ones
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2013, 01:20:23 PM »
Its been an adjustment for me.... a hard one....to switch from Pantoprazole to Zantac.  BUT, I think my gut has quieted down somewhat and although I do belch in a new way (sometimes painful),  I am going to say that the Complera seems to be easy to take.  All things considered I feel ok.
Note:  There are no statistics on the over 65 age group for Complera.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

 


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