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Author Topic: Large Stribild Pills  (Read 1735 times)

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Offline GrlPozX

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Large Stribild Pills
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:11:50 PM »
My husband is getting ready to start his meds, Stribild, and he has a very hard time swallowing big pills. Any suggestions??

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Re: Large Stribild Pills
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 11:32:32 PM »
Has he tried milk or something like Ensure? Sometimes a thicker liquid will help.

If he can take smaller pills, you might have to switch to a regimen that involvs the same medications, but with a larger volume of pills per day.

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Offline oksikoko

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Re: Large Stribild Pills
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2013, 05:55:31 AM »
Has he tried milk or something like Ensure? Sometimes a thicker liquid will help.

If he can take smaller pills, you might have to switch to a regimen that involvs the same medications, but with a larger volume of pills per day.

Neither elvitegravir nor cobicistat has been approved for use outside of Stribild, but you could always go for Isentress (raltegravir) + Truvada. Or possibly Tivicay (dolutegravir) + something. I read on here that someone already has a prescription for it? I'll be asking if that's a possibility for me at my next appointment.
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2013-10-03:                ☣ VL (?) off treatment ☣ CD4 (?) off treatment
2013-10-03:                ☣ VL (=) undetectable ☣ CD4 (+) 1105
2013-05-23:                ☣ VL (=) undetectable ☣ CD4 (-) 945
2013-02-25:                ☣ VL (-) undetectable ☣ CD4 (+) 1123
2012-12-16: Enter Stribild
2012-11-20: HIV+           ☣ VL (→) 132,683      ☣ CD4 (→) 920
2012-04-01: HIV-
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Offline Cluffmasta

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Re: Large Stribild Pills
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2013, 11:30:24 AM »
I started Tivicay two days ago, they are tiny yellow pills (the smallest HIV med I have taken yet.) I take it with Truvada right before I go to bed, best part is no food requirement!

Offline oksikoko

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Re: Large Stribild Pills
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2013, 02:07:22 PM »
I started Tivicay two days ago, they are tiny yellow pills (the smallest HIV med I have taken yet.) I take it with Truvada right before I go to bed, best part is no food requirement!

Jealousy. Please let us know how it goes. You're a pioneer! ;)
Code: [Select]
2013-10-03:                ☣ VL (?) off treatment ☣ CD4 (?) off treatment
2013-10-03:                ☣ VL (=) undetectable ☣ CD4 (+) 1105
2013-05-23:                ☣ VL (=) undetectable ☣ CD4 (-) 945
2013-02-25:                ☣ VL (-) undetectable ☣ CD4 (+) 1123
2012-12-16: Enter Stribild
2012-11-20: HIV+           ☣ VL (→) 132,683      ☣ CD4 (→) 920
2012-04-01: HIV-
Dates in this signature file conform to ISO 8601. ;-)

If no one complains, nothing will ever change.

Offline Cluffmasta

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Re: Large Stribild Pills
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2013, 03:12:54 PM »
Jealousy. Please let us know how it goes. You're a pioneer! ;)

I'm glad to be a pioneer and try it out  ;) After Stribild I think anything is better, that pill and I didn't get along very well, but for others it is great! I have only been on the Tivicay for 2 days and so far it is the first med I have been on that I feel really really good on! A little brain fog but I got this when I switched to stribild and it lasted only about a week or so. I have had a little nausea but nothing to complain about! Dr. said it would take about a week to adjust :D From what I can tell in these two short days this pill will help lots of people!

Offline Brokenbuthere

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Re: Large Stribild Pills
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2013, 08:33:23 AM »
I have this same problem swallowing pills, and I was super concerned when I saw how big the Stribild pills were. When I was picking up the first prescription, I noticed this little spray bottle called "Pill Glide" Swallowing spray. I asked the pharmacist if it worked, and he said he had heard many good results so I gave it a try. It definitely works for me! I spray two or three "spritzes" of the spray in my throat, and magically I can swallow the pill. I have to respray for the other large pills I take at the same time of day, but at least it's working for me because I have a huge fear of choking. Anyway, I bought it over the counter at a CVS pharmacy but I believe it's available online as well, I think the cost was $7.95 at my CVS. Good luck and if you give it a try, I'd love to know if it works for him.
Diagnosed July 26, 2013
sep/13 cd4 1008, cd4% 45, vl 19,000
sep/6/13 started Stribild

 


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