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Author Topic: How to switch meds  (Read 494 times)

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Offline Cojo

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How to switch meds
« on: August 10, 2014, 02:29:16 PM »
Hey folks,

I haven't posted in a bit but I check in each day and am grateful for this forum and all of you.

I've been on Truvada and Isentress with much success for almost three years now. I am about ready to switch to Truvada and Tivicay for the sole reason of only having once a day dosing. My therapist is of the " if it's not broke, don't fix it category " but for me, I am feeling a tremendous amount of freedom in anticipating only "interacting" with HIV once a day. It may seem trite, but it is one step closer to freedom from this bug for me. Can anyone relate?

Also, when switching up, I assume it is a straight switch - drop Isentress am dose and just start Tivicay with no overlap - am I correct

As always, thx folks
May 2011 - Tested Positive
June 2011 - CD4 330   16%   VL182,000 no resistance
Oct 6, 2011 - CD4 300  20%  VL 60,000
Oct 7, 2011 - start Truvada / Isentress
Nov 29, 2011 CD4 280 26% VL 54
Feb 7 2012 CD4 260 25% UD!
Mar 20 2012 CD4 400 28%
June 2012 CD4 330 26% UD
Sept 2012 CD4 450 32% UD
Dec 2012 CD4 310 28% UD
May 2013 CD4 500 32% UD
Oct 2013 CD4 460 33% UD
May 2014 CD4 360 33% UD
Aug 2014 swap out Isentress for Tivicay

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: How to switch meds
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2014, 02:38:43 PM »

Also, when switching up, I assume it is a straight switch - drop Isentress am dose and just start Tivicay with no overlap - am I correct


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Offline Cojo

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Re: How to switch meds
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 02:42:22 PM »
Thanks Miss P
May 2011 - Tested Positive
June 2011 - CD4 330   16%   VL182,000 no resistance
Oct 6, 2011 - CD4 300  20%  VL 60,000
Oct 7, 2011 - start Truvada / Isentress
Nov 29, 2011 CD4 280 26% VL 54
Feb 7 2012 CD4 260 25% UD!
Mar 20 2012 CD4 400 28%
June 2012 CD4 330 26% UD
Sept 2012 CD4 450 32% UD
Dec 2012 CD4 310 28% UD
May 2013 CD4 500 32% UD
Oct 2013 CD4 460 33% UD
May 2014 CD4 360 33% UD
Aug 2014 swap out Isentress for Tivicay

Offline Cojo

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Re: How to switch meds
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2014, 09:00:50 PM »
A quick update...

I switched out Isentress for Tivicay a week ago with zero side effects or troubles. Taking pills just once a day has been a real boost for me from the perspective that I need only intersect with this reality once a day...silly as it sounds, it feels one step closer to freedom.
May 2011 - Tested Positive
June 2011 - CD4 330   16%   VL182,000 no resistance
Oct 6, 2011 - CD4 300  20%  VL 60,000
Oct 7, 2011 - start Truvada / Isentress
Nov 29, 2011 CD4 280 26% VL 54
Feb 7 2012 CD4 260 25% UD!
Mar 20 2012 CD4 400 28%
June 2012 CD4 330 26% UD
Sept 2012 CD4 450 32% UD
Dec 2012 CD4 310 28% UD
May 2013 CD4 500 32% UD
Oct 2013 CD4 460 33% UD
May 2014 CD4 360 33% UD
Aug 2014 swap out Isentress for Tivicay

Offline PuppyCub

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Re: How to switch meds
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 09:48:25 PM »
A quick update...

I switched out Isentress for Tivicay a week ago with zero side effects or troubles. Taking pills just once a day has been a real boost for me from the perspective that I need only intersect with this reality once a day...silly as it sounds, it feels one step closer to freedom.

That's good to hear! Hopefully it continues to be good with you and that particular combination! I know I recently switched from Atripla to Complera, and only have a minor side effect (that is, the insomnia), but it was far worse on the Atripla (I actually can SLEEP now! LOL)
07/21/14 - 548 / Undet.

2009 - 2014: Atripla
Switch 2014: Complera

Offline newtome

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Re: How to switch meds
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 10:08:11 PM »
Hi --

My doc started me on this combo for initial treatment.  I take in the am with coffee.  No side effects.  Went UD after three weeks.  It's a potent combo.  Keep us posted on how it goes for you. 

NTM

 


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