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Author Topic: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?  (Read 1493 times)

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Offline Ihavehope

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Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« on: February 01, 2007, 01:35:50 PM »
Hi Ya'll

Question. I have heard several people on the old kaletra (gel capsule) telling me that it use to cause them to get fat in all different parts of their bodies and other side effect which made Kaletra a nightmare. Supposely the newer tablet form is more tolerable with less side effects. Is this true? Is there anyone here who made the swtich from old to new?
Infected: April 2005
12/6/06 - Diagnosed HIV positive
12/19/06 - CD4 = 240  22% VL = 26,300
1/4/07 - CD4 = 200 16% VL = ?
2/9/07 = Started Kaletra/Truvada
3/13/07 = CD4 = 386 22% VL ?

Offline thunter34

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Re: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007, 01:45:50 PM »
I already answered this for you in your other thread about it:  Yes, there is no contest between the two.  I have used both.   The old gel cap sucks ass.  The new one rawks in comparison.
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Re: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2007, 01:59:31 AM »
The old gel capsule has been replaced by the new tablet formulation.
As far as I know only the tablet and oral solution is available in the US now.

better or worse?  ???  it really depends on your body's ability to adapt

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Read the article "Kaletra tablets better tolerated, patient survey finds"
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Re: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2007, 10:33:49 AM »
 The new tablets are much easier Side effects are easier storage is easier the tabs are even a bit smaller so they're easier to take.........and although food always helps it's not an absolute must as with the gel-caps..i used to taste the gel caps all day.....damn maybe i should write a commercial for kaletra tablets.................later john

Offline Ihavehope

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Re: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2007, 10:49:34 AM »
Thank guys.

As much as I trust my doctor and her knowledge of meds, it is alot different to hear if from people who are actually taking the meds.

Infected: April 2005
12/6/06 - Diagnosed HIV positive
12/19/06 - CD4 = 240  22% VL = 26,300
1/4/07 - CD4 = 200 16% VL = ?
2/9/07 = Started Kaletra/Truvada
3/13/07 = CD4 = 386 22% VL ?

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2007, 11:35:11 AM »
I took both formulations and frankly I didn't notice much difference.  I had diarrhea from both though perhaps it decreased slightly with the newer form... then again everything gives me diarrhea.

As far as your "fat in all different parts of their bodies" comment can you be more specific?  Do you mean lipo or just some mild bloating in the abdominal region?
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Offline chris_in_georgia

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Re: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2007, 11:58:31 AM »
I took both. The caplets are FAR better than geltabs as far as side effects go for me. I still have some minimal GI effects, but NOTHING like the geltabs. I will refrain from being graphic, but am surprised that there is still any porcelain left on the toilet.

Both are still available, so make sure the caplets are specified. I just had to switch pharmacies in Jan with new insurance, and both were choices offered.

Chris

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Offline Ihavehope

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Re: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2007, 12:20:22 PM »
Ok. So diarhea is a bitch with most meds huh. Glad to hear that most people on the tablets have less diarhhea. Question though -I guess I should get the Immodium ready just in case.
Infected: April 2005
12/6/06 - Diagnosed HIV positive
12/19/06 - CD4 = 240  22% VL = 26,300
1/4/07 - CD4 = 200 16% VL = ?
2/9/07 = Started Kaletra/Truvada
3/13/07 = CD4 = 386 22% VL ?

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Old Gel Capsule Kaletra vs New Tablet Kaletra?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2007, 12:23:01 PM »
Yeah, buy some immodium over the counter.  If you find that you need it with every dose (I do, in fact I had to take 5mg twice a day on Kaletra) then request a prescription for loperamide which ADAP will fund.  It's just a prescription version of immodium.
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