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Author Topic: Atripla dosage during international travel  (Read 575 times)

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Offline IndianPoz

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Atripla dosage during international travel
« on: May 05, 2014, 12:41:06 AM »

I will be traveling from Mumbai, India to NYC, USA in a couple of weeks. Due to the big time difference (India is 9 and 1/2 hours ahead of NY time), I was wondering how can I continue to take Atripla at bedtime at both places - how do I bridge the time difference?

I tried looking if this topic was covered elsewhere in these forums but was unable to find anything.

I do hope I'm asking this question in the right forum. If not - please let me know which forum would be right to post this or the admins can just move it to the appropriate forum.

3/29/2014: ELISA +ve
4/7/2014: WB confirm; CD4-201;VL-17065;started Trustiva(Atripla)

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Atripla dosage during international travel
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 10:25:50 AM »
If you are undetectable it wont hurt to miss one dose to get back on track ... Atripla has a long half life so I think you will be just fine in adjusting your dose for travel . 

Offline AusShep

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Re: Atripla dosage during international travel
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014, 11:03:57 AM »
You can also split the difference for one night while traveling each way.  You've got a 16 hour direct flight, plus several hours on each side.  You can take one dose mid flight about 18-24 hours before your evening dose would be due at your destination.  That's usually what I do, end up taking one more dose for the trip instead of one less.

Offline IndianPoz

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Re: Atripla dosage during international travel
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014, 12:01:34 AM »
Jeff G & AusShep: thanks guys - both are excellent suggestions and valid options.

I still don't know if I'm undetectable. It's been a month since I started taking medication & haven't gone for a blood test yet. My doctor wants me to wait for a little longer before getting a blood test. Given that, I think I will possibly err on the side of taking an additional dose.
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Re: Atripla dosage during international travel
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2014, 09:57:05 AM »
That's usually what I do, end up taking one more dose for the trip instead of one less.

same here; Eric

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Re: Atripla dosage during international travel
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2014, 04:56:47 PM »
I simply do the same thing, wherever I travel.  I take my Atripla between 8:30 and 10:30 pm in whatever timezone I happen to be in.
My reasoning -- I am "in the habit" of taking it at that time.  If I stick to my habit, I am less likely to get out of it and start missing doses. 
I travel often and this has worked for 9 years -- I was recently in Tanzania - 8 hrs difference.
Yes - that means a longer time between doses in one direction and a shorter time in the other -- but it doesn't matter with Atripla (or the Reyataz that I also take)
BTW - my doc endorses this approach.

Don't sweat this -- just enjoy your trip.

Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
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May2013 691/31% <20

Offline fgh12

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Re: Atripla dosage during international travel
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2014, 04:05:44 PM »
I agree with Bocker3, my doctor also advised me to take my meds at the same time, it doesn't matter in which country I am
Diagnosed: September 2013
Sep. 2013: CD4 320
Jan. 2014:  CD4 690
May 2014:  CD4 800
May 2014: Started Stribild
June 2014: Undetectable


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