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Author Topic: Another med change, well kinda.  (Read 630 times)

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Offline wolfter

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Another med change, well kinda.
« on: May 18, 2014, 04:13:43 AM »
I noticed that Intellence was available in a 200 mg pill and asked my doctor to switch me to that instead of taking 2 100mg pills.  That would reduce the number of pills each day by 2.  WHOOT!  Well, I thought so anyways.

I rec'd the new pills Friday and they are freaking huge.  I've been able to swallow (hold the jokes   ;D) a mouthful of pills without liquids but these huge SOB's barely go down with an entire glass of water. 

I also recently rec'd my latest labs and after all this scratching and clawing has paid off.  Well into my 600's, UD and I look beyond excellent on paper.  Every single one of my results were optimal.  Pretty much dead center on all the ranges.  Even my electrolytes have finally risen to normal ranges. 

Gained 2 pounds since the last dr's visit 4 months ago and am not even stressing too badly about it since we still have a few weeks before waxing and bikini season.   ;D

I was quite happy with these results as I thought for sure I'd see some negative results from the recent copious amounts of stress that I'm dealing with. 

Sorry I've not been present too much of late but most of you all have been in my thoughts.

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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 10:14:39 AM »
Intelence/Truvada is my favorite combo to date . I have zero side effects from it and since I went onto the combo already undetectable I am able to take my meds at dinner and not do the twice a day dosing . The pills are big and chalky, I can take a handful of pills at a time but not these as they have a tendency to stick if you don't take them carefully . I once popped one in my mouth and took a drink of hot coffee to wash it down with and the already huge pill instantly puffed up ad big as a cotton ball and I had no choice but to start chewing and swallowing ... nasty .   

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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2014, 11:00:34 AM »
I bet I could swallow them all at once.
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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2014, 12:32:31 PM »
Intelence/Truvada is my favorite combo to date . I have zero side effects from it and since I went onto the combo already undetectable I am able to take my meds at dinner and not do the twice a day dosing . The pills are big and chalky, I can take a handful of pills at a time but not these as they have a tendency to stick if you don't take them carefully . I once popped one in my mouth and took a drink of hot coffee to wash it down with and the already huge pill instantly puffed up ad big as a cotton ball and I had no choice but to start chewing and swallowing ... nasty .

I learned to never take meds with coffee the first time I had them dissolve before I could swallow them...nasty.  I'm assuming you also take the 200mg version instead of 2 100mg tabs?

I take Intelence, Truvada, Norvir and Prezista in the morning and then another 200mg of Intelence in the evening.  I've kept questioning whether it's safe to eliminate the evening dosing but my doctor is leery.  Is it possible my resistance is much worse which necessitates it?  Something to think about.  I'm 100% compliant in the morning and only about 60% in the evening.  That's on purpose.  My constitution doesn't agree with me if I mix cocktails with the meds.  CAVEAT:  I do NOT recommend this course of action for others, it's just my own dosing decision.

I'm am ever so grateful for the change to Norvir and Prezista.  I eliminated the Isentress and have seen profound improvement.  Almost immediately, my severe insomnia ceased.  I actually slept too much for a while.  It also wasn't until after I stopped taking that drug that I realized that it also had a depressive effect on me.  I wouldn't necessarily call it depression but more of a mild form of constant sadness. 

I was reluctant to mention this as I don't want people to immediately think that Isentress will automatically cause these symptoms.  I might just be the lucky 2 - 4 % who did.

OH, and I'm up to having 2 meals a days.   ;D  I even stopped recording every calorie.  A food journal is so daunting anyways.  The last pair of jeans I purchased were from the boy's department and it jiggled my brain a bit.  No grown ass man should fit into a boy's size 18.  I even had a piece of bacon recently.
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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2014, 12:34:41 PM »
I bet I could swallow them all at once.

We're discussing meds, not latinos.   ;)
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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2014, 12:38:39 PM »
I learned to never take meds with coffee the first time I had them dissolve before I could swallow them...nasty.  I'm assuming you also take the 200mg version instead of 2 100mg tabs?

I take Intelence, Truvada, Norvir and Prezista in the morning and then another 200mg of Intelence in the evening.  I've kept questioning whether it's safe to eliminate the evening dosing but my doctor is leery.  Is it possible my resistance is much worse which necessitates it?  Something to think about.  I'm 100% compliant in the morning and only about 60% in the evening.  That's on purpose.  My constitution doesn't agree with me if I mix cocktails with the meds.  CAVEAT:  I do NOT recommend this course of action for others, it's just my own dosing decision.

I'm am ever so grateful for the change to Norvir and Prezista.  I eliminated the Isentress and have seen profound improvement.  Almost immediately, my severe insomnia ceased.  I actually slept too much for a while.  It also wasn't until after I stopped taking that drug that I realized that it also had a depressive effect on me.  I wouldn't necessarily call it depression but more of a mild form of constant sadness. 

I was reluctant to mention this as I don't want people to immediately think that Isentress will automatically cause these symptoms.  I might just be the lucky 2 - 4 % who did.

OH, and I'm up to having 2 meals a days.   ;D  I even stopped recording every calorie.  A food journal is so daunting anyways.  The last pair of jeans I purchased were from the boy's department and it jiggled my brain a bit.  No grown ass man should fit into a boy's size 18.  I even had a piece of bacon recently.

I only take Truvada and Intelence so I bet its the resistance issues that makes your doctor cautious . Congrats on the progress on eating healthier ... I was worried about you .   

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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2014, 12:40:11 PM »
I only take Truvada and Intelence so I bet its the resistance issues that makes your doctor cautious . Congrats on the progress on eating healthier ... I was worried about you .   

I'm blaming that on the Isentress also. ;D

thanks.
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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2014, 12:46:03 PM »
I'm blaming that on the Isentress also. ;D

thanks.

Have you tried White Zin and steak smoothies ?

Offline wolfter

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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2014, 01:06:39 PM »
Have you tried White Zin and steak smoothies ?

UM, half of that just sounds gross.  What the hell is a steak smoothie anyways?
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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2014, 01:09:54 PM »
UM, half of that just sounds gross.  What the hell is a steak smoothie anyways?

I was joking and should used one of those emoticon thingyjiggys .  :) ;) ;D :-X :o

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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2014, 02:32:43 PM »
We're discussing meds, not latinos.   ;)
Now! it's hard to beat a good Latino.
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10/30/13          Exposure
Mid-Nov-Jan    Seroconversion (7-8 rough wks)
12.26.2013      WB dx. HIV+
02.01.2014      OraQuick (result Negative?)
01.31.2014      VL 250700
02.03.2014      CD4  491  26%
02.26.2014      CD4  503  26%
03.05.2014      HLA B6701  not present
03.18.2014      VL 530873 (typical fluctuation)
03.21.2014      Start Stribild
04.14.2014      VL 104 after 24 doses
05.12.2014      VL 129 after 52 doses
06.10.2014      CD4 940 32%
06.11.2014      VL 87
07.22.2014      VL 20
09.23.2014      VL 43

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Re: Another med change, well kinda.
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2014, 02:33:15 PM »
ditto
10/30/13          Exposure
Mid-Nov-Jan    Seroconversion (7-8 rough wks)
12.26.2013      WB dx. HIV+
02.01.2014      OraQuick (result Negative?)
01.31.2014      VL 250700
02.03.2014      CD4  491  26%
02.26.2014      CD4  503  26%
03.05.2014      HLA B6701  not present
03.18.2014      VL 530873 (typical fluctuation)
03.21.2014      Start Stribild
04.14.2014      VL 104 after 24 doses
05.12.2014      VL 129 after 52 doses
06.10.2014      CD4 940 32%
06.11.2014      VL 87
07.22.2014      VL 20
09.23.2014      VL 43

 


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