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Drug combo: Prezista, Norvir & Truvada.

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Edgardo:

--- Quote from: Miss Philicia on June 15, 2013, 10:26:22 AM ---"bad deposits from the pills"? What's that mean?

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Not sure that's was the right expression, but again English is a 3rd language, and it is sometimes challenging to find the right words to express my thoughts. I read about the possible side effects for this combo, which include gaining weight, hair loss, decrease in bone density, just to name a few. So, I meant may be exercising/ eating healthy/ drinking more water would help minimize some of these side effects.  :o 8)

Jeff G:
You wouldn't need a script for gas pills , they are over the counter and the only side effect is it gets rid of excess gas , so don't be afraid to try them if need need be . 

RobbyR:
I am thinking about ditching Atripla in favor of Prezista, Norvir, Truvada. I've never been on a PI regimen before, is this any easy combo to take. Ms. Ann has said it's VERY easily tolerated and I'm hoping if I do choose this combo my anxiety/insomnia will improve. But I'd hate to sell the devil I know for one I don't. It's always a bit nerve racking when starting a new regimen, particularly a one in a different class. Also a bit worried about swapping out one pill for three, due to the cost. I've been lucky enough that Ryan White has enabled me to get my atripla free up to now but hope I can work something out if I change regimens.

But sounds like many tolerate P/N/T very well! What is the dosage for it? All at once, etc? And is there any tangible benefit/risk to a PI verses a NNRTI? I am also considering Stribild or a couple other combos before I decide on one.

WillyWump:

--- Quote from: RobbyR on June 19, 2013, 08:27:29 PM ---
But sounds like many tolerate P/N/T very well! What is the dosage for it? All at once, etc? And is there any tangible benefit/risk to a PI verses a NNRTI? I am also considering Stribild or a couple other combos before I decide on one.

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It's a very easy to tolerate, but yes the downside to moving from Atripla to Prez/Nor/Tru is the amount of pills..I forget what my exact doasge was but I was taking a total of 5 pills a day...Prez/norvir in the A.M., and then Prez/Nor/Tru at PM.

*of course talk to your doctor about the pros/cons of switching in your particular case.

-Will

newt:
If you have no PI resistance, the dosing is 1 x day, 800mg Prezista, 100mg Norvir and 1 Truvada. There is a new 800mg Prezista tablet so this means it's 3 pills, usually taken in one go. You need food, but only a little, glass of milk etc will do in a pinch.

It's generally easy to take, but the Norvir upsets some people's stomach and a small proportion of people get a rash from the Prezista << true of nearly all meds

An advantage to this combo over some others is that it's very forgiving on timing/adherence.

The main disadvantage is Prezista/Norvir may raise your cholesterol slightly << true of many other meds

I personally do not consider 1 vs 2-3 pills important. It's 1 x day that is important for me. In the UK we will soon not have single combined pills like Atripla if the component drugs are cheaper for the National Health Service.

All modern combos work as well as each other. The only way to see if one suits you is to take it and see. If side effects happen and are intolerable, it's easy to switch to something else.

- matt

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