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Offline Ray3164

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Starting meds
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:11:46 PM »
I got really sick recently so I decided start meds. I recently started taking Truvada, Prezista, Norvir and Isentress. I have been on the setup for a little over two weeks and have yet to see any side effects. I feel like I use the bathroom more frequently (maybe this is psychological).

This seems like a common setup prescribed. Is there any long term health effects that have been know to arise over long term use.

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Re: Starting meds
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 08:26:08 AM »
Ray, the main long-term health effect you can expect is an improvement in your health, with an increase in CD4s and a decrease in VL.

A more usual combo would be the Prezista, Norvir and Truvada without the addition of Isentress, or Isentress and Truvada without the Prezista/Norvir. Without knowing your numbers, I would hazard a guess that you had a high VL that your doctor wanted to bring down quickly and so added an extra component to your combo.

Chances are good that eventually you'll either remove the Isentress or the Prezista/Norvir portion of the combo. If you want a once-a-day combo, you'd have to drop the Isentress and keep the Prezista/Norvir. Regardless of which bit you drop, you'd keep the Truvada.

I'm on Prezista, Norvir and Truvada and I chose it over Isentress and Truvada because it's once a day. Isentress has to be taken twice a day. I'm really happy with this combo.

If by "use the bathroom more frequently" you mean you have more bowel movements or diarrhea than normal, that's probably due to the Norvir and it should stop being an issue within a couple weeks as your body gets used to the meds.

What are your numbers?
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