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Offline MadisonTeddy

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2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:53:35 PM »
wow was i dizzy last night..sent me into a panic.....my bf had to stay on the phone with me while i fell asleep when the xanax kicked in as well...what is in store for me tonight??

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 10:03:54 PM »
wow was i dizzy last night..sent me into a panic.....my bf had to stay on the phone with me while i fell asleep when the xanax kicked in as well...what is in store for me tonight??

Probably nothing.....nothing more than you've already experienced. The effects don't usually morph into different reactions each night. You'll get dizzy, then you'll get better as you become accustomed to it. If I remember correctly, I think the incidentals after I took the pill went on for a couple weeks and slowly dissipated to nothing. The dreams....they came and went with (for me) with more in the beginning and towards the end of my regimen 7 years later I had 'dreams'.....just dreams like I always did before. No more or less weird than when I was not on meds. I found that taking it when I went to bed was best. I didn't stay awake imagining reactions or overthinking how I was feeling at any minute. I was asleep - I didn't care.
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Offline MadisonTeddy

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 10:09:54 PM »
thank you!   i guess i was alone and didn't expect that and sort of panicked..If I take it at 10:45, when is the time to stop eating, if you don't mid sharing...I went from fine to + to meds in 2 weeks...it is all so fast...and terrifying...

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 10:26:57 PM »
It got to the point with Atripla that I just took it before bed...no food or water. Just downed it. That's ME and you may function better with food. You'll know soon enough how your stomach fares with or without food. My partner HAS to take his with soda. I don't think it necessarily makes him feel better...I just think he's addicted to RC cola. For both of us, though, after a very short while there wasn't any noticeable effects other than a few sporadic ridiculous dreams.

The main thing...in my opinion....is to get into a routine! Try to take it the same time each night. Don't worry about setting alarms and making sure it's the exact same time each night. You'll drive yourself crazy! Just think of it more like brushing your teeth,feeding the cat, whatever so that it's second nature and you always remember to take it.


By the way....welcome!!! You'll find some great people on the forums and more information that you think you'll be able to absorb!! You'll also get a much needed laugh from time to time!!
« Last Edit: December 17, 2013, 10:31:12 PM by Dan0 »
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Offline MadisonTeddy

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013, 10:40:19 PM »
You can't imagine how much better that advice makes me feel....Tonight I just take it and get on with it...Thank you for taking the time to write....

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 10:46:06 PM »
Hi Madison,

Just more along with what Dan is saying.  The first night I took Atripla it was a very hardcore dizzyness and it freaked me out a little.  The next night it was less.  By the third or fourth night I could stay up a while, and sometimes even eat before taking it. It still makes me warm and a little drowsy, but I've even gone out after taking it.  Your body will adjust.  You most likely won't but if you DO have any major reactions then of course talk to your doctor.  But if you're like me and others I've heard from you'll get used to it as part of your night time. :)
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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2013, 12:27:01 AM »
I too had severe reactions with Atripla.  My first couple of nights felt like an acid trip.  And yes, the severity did eventually subside a bit but ultimately I had to change regimens as I just couldn't tolerate it. That being said, I seem to be "Mr. Side Effect" so if there is a side effect to be had, my body responds.  I do have friends that have tolerated Atripla, I unfortunately was not one of them. Good luck!

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013, 07:34:53 AM »
Ted, you should makes sure it's been at least two hours since you last ate when you take your Atripla (and don't eat for two hours after you take it). Also, try to avoid a last meal that is high in fat. Having undigested food, particularly fatty food, in your stomach when you take Atripla will make the side-effects more noticeable for most people.

These initial side-effects should lessen after a few days/weeks, so give it time. If they don't improve within a month (after taking care with the food issue) it would be time to think about a switch. Good luck.
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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013, 08:08:51 AM »
 ;)OK, first and foremost. thank you all for your input..the outreach here is awesome.....So I get so stressed out reading all the scarey stories and motivated by the supportive notes on my thread and decide that it is  enough and go to my bedroom...TV on, position the "pill" ready to be taken...Get in bed and take 0.5 xanax to calm myself...dog is in bed, yes she is my partner in this future, and try to breath....T minus 45 minutes till I swallow.....haha...Next thing I know, I wake up and I am totally panicked!!!  I FELL ASLEEP...Oh my God..I am going to DIE!!  Reach for pill and take it down immediately!! Grab the Prednisone, Wellbutrin and swallow them.....  What time is it????  2:30 AM...4 hours LATE...oh shit oh shit............I finally yelled STOP!!!! in my head....There a million people taking ATRIPLA tonight all over the world...They are happy, healthy, living normal lives and fighting this fucker one pill at a time....I tell myself...Stop whining, take your pill and get on with it....So you are a bit dizzy the first night...so what....Stop making it a big ritual to take a damn pill.....I have a smoke..2:45AM....Text my BF who has been trying to reach me by text me since 10:15pm frantically, when I was supposed to take the pill...I am in a foreign country...5 texts that I missed....I text him and he calls...ok, lights out with him on the phone. Bring on whatever you want to give me little pill!!!  You will become my friend one way or another as you are to all those others you are friends with!!!......I woke up at 6:30 am.....wow...life is still here...I am ready for coffee...ready to go on with a glorious new day...feel fine, well maybe a bit wobbly but hey, its just night 2 today is day 2!!!  Today I will make this day count, be thankful and hope that I have a hell of a lot more of them ahead of me...Thanks you guys!!!
« Last Edit: December 18, 2013, 08:13:40 AM by MadisonTeddy »

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2013, 08:38:22 AM »
..I went from fine to + to meds in 2 weeks...it is all so fast...and terrifying...

If you want to clarify -
You got diagnosed 2 weeks ago.
Are you in "seroconversion" now, meaning infected in last few weeks?
Or you got diagnosed 2 weeks ago but don't know when you were infected?

Welcome to the forum.
Diagnosis is a shock, add to that going on HAART and adjusting.  It will all take time.
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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2013, 09:01:37 AM »
You will become my friend one way or another as you are to all those others you are friends with!!!......I woke up at 6:30 am.....wow...life is still here...I am ready for coffee...ready to go on with a glorious new day...feel fine, well maybe a bit wobbly but hey, its just night 2 today is day 2!!!  Today I will make this day count, be thankful and hope that I have a hell of a lot more of them ahead of me...Thanks you guys!!!

Good attitude!!

Before long you'll look back at this time period and smile, knowing you made it through this difficulty and are just a little bit tougher because of it.

Offline MadisonTeddy

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2013, 09:24:57 AM »
Yes, I tested positive a month ago and western blot confirm 2 weeks ago...I have no idea when I was infected....I am in Mexico...Thank God they provide full medical and meds for free here for anyone positive...no questions....It started with Uvietis in my eyes...which lead to a syphilis diagnosis, although I NEVER had ANY outward signs of that, followed with HIV +..I was and am horrified....terrible feelings of shame, guilt disgust etc......what a couple of shitty weeks....But chin up, I will listen to all you guys, take the meds the right way, and follow everything I can do to help beat this down...

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2013, 09:31:32 AM »
Yeah like hit by a truck.
And do you have numbers for your CD4 and viral load.
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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2013, 10:23:59 AM »
CD3+   72.32%  817
CD3+/CD4+  18.60%  210
CD+3/CD+8  53.82%   608

RELACION CD4/CD8  0.35

VIRAL LOAD   64, 8000

I have no idea what this means...My first Dr. appt with the infectious disease Dr. is tomorrow at the city hospital...Today they are taking my history..I am 2 days on ATRIPLA...I am taking Wellbutrin, 150 mg, morning and night, how do I get some info on the 2 together?  Any ideas...Thank you ALL...This has been a hell of a month.... :-\

Offline MadisonTeddy

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2013, 06:28:09 AM »
Thanks for the feedback...Night 3 went better....So I am on my treatment...the beginning is over and the daily life goes on...I will meet my doctor today..

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2013, 12:45:09 PM »
Thanks for the feedback...Night 3 went better....So I am on my treatment...the beginning is over and the daily life goes on...I will meet my doctor today..

Glad to hear its going better. Ann is correct in suggesting to take the meds on an empty stomach, meaning at least 2 hours after eating or at least an hour before.   Just like some other medicines, Atripla is more readily absorbed with food, meaning that you will have a higher than normal dosage in the blood if ou take it with food, especially fatty food.  It's the higher level in your blood that can make the side effects more pronounced.

As you have already started to see, most adjust to he meds. For myself, I no longer matters when I take them or when I eat as far as side effects- I just don't have them.  Even so, I still try to stick to taking them just before bed and on an empty stomach as I prefer to keep the owing normal.

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2013, 07:12:40 PM »
Hey gang....5 days and I am doing well...Thanks for the outreach...Cookie #6 tonight...No real side effects...Stomach good, but I am ALWAYS so hungry!!! I really can't stop eating...every 2-3 hours I am eating...In the morning I am a bit shaky but some food seems to help..Old cold sore areas are also acting up...any help with that???..Thankful for where I am today and hopeful for where I will be tomorrow....still , I am a bit lonely..... :-\

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2013, 10:47:22 AM »

Old cold sore areas are also acting up...any help with that???


Ask your doctor about taking acyclovir. You can either take it when you feel an outbreak coming on, or you can take it daily to stop outbreaks from happening at all.

It's available as a generic, so it doesn't have to be expensive. You might need to ask your doctor to specify generic on the prescription.

I've been taking prophylactic (ie daily) generic acyclovir for years and I wouldn't be without it.

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Offline MadisonTeddy

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2013, 08:41:42 AM »
Thanks for the feedback...Day 9...The cold sore areas never really got bad at all and seem to be healing..Never erupted...Side effects minimal...Sometimes a bit shaky, but that is more because I forget, or wait to long, to eat...Nights have been fine, lots of vivid dreams but nothing abnormal...I imagine some of the "side effects"are the stress and anxiety of going from ok to treatment in 20 days...Merry Christmas to you all!!

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2013, 08:11:43 AM »
OK day, 13...Whatever side effects are gone..sleeping well, no more dizzy after the pill at night...I don't pay much attention to the food thing...eat when and what I want but healthy foods...mostly.hahaha..Ice cream is healthy right??? Mostly back to a normal schedule...Have a light case of thrush form the prednisone, which I am finished taking and took one dose of Fluconazole, 750mg yesterday so that should be clear soon and I can really get on the road to progress....If you are new in here, hit me up as it would be nice to have some fellow newbies to share our experiences now and as we move along....Thanks for all the early support, especially DANO..xo

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Re: 2nd night on ATRIPLA...HELP
« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2014, 07:18:25 PM »
 :)  Day 25 on  Atripla...One 750 mg. dose of fluconazol knocked the thrush dead..Actually feeling great...Having no side effects at this time and keeping busy with daily activities..Hope it stays like this....Hope everyone is doing well...Thanks

 


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