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Author Topic: Sheer HAART Attack !  (Read 2276 times)

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Offline thunter34

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Sheer HAART Attack !
« on: February 28, 2007, 01:37:18 PM »
OK.  So I have this big old bottle of Crestor sitting here staring back at me.  The doc has been wanting to put me on this stuff for awhile now.  For some deep seated psychological reason, I have been putting it off and putting it off.  I delayed actually getting the scrip filled until just last week.  I've been feeling like poo for the last several days, and that has been justification for me to put off taking it during that time.  I am getting ever closer to recovered, though...and still it sits.  My cholesterol had topped out at a whopping 500 last year.  It dropped down to around 300 as of late fall.  The doc wants me to come in for a draw in about 4 weeks to assess how well the Crestor is working.  Still I resist.  I'm not sure if it is because part of me just doesn't want to add another med to the roster or what.  It's probably a good idea for me HIV or not- I come from a long line of cardio compromised stock.  This is one scrip that likely would have found its way into my life even without the virus factor.

Wondering how many out there use this drug, have a scoop on it, etc.  Does it comes with any particular nastiness that I should know about?  Drug interactions and stuff?  Is this another life-long scrip adventure I am embarking on? 
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline budndallastx

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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2007, 03:56:08 PM »
Go to the link http:www.crestor.com for more information on the Crestor drug.

There is a great tool to check for drug interaction on this site under the "Cool Tools" link above. 

Statins are a fairly powerful and beneficial class of drugs.  They'll probably be checking your liver enzymes initially but overall it has fairly well tolerated.  Also, you may wish to take it at night since statins have a higher efficacy while you sleep. 

Good luck!
Meds since: 11/20/2006
Sustiva / Truvada
12/08/2008 VL:<48 CD4 622 (38%)   
9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2007, 04:51:04 PM »
Thanks, Tom.  Yes, the scrip info does say to take it at bedtime. 
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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2007, 06:13:17 PM »
Tim  I have been using Crestor for nearly 6 months....my problems come with the meds
( they are causing bad readings)  Dr says we will stick with it for a few more months see if it really kicks in...  two notes ..any "fatty foods" will absolutely cause a double dose of the shits.... and the pill is so tiny be sure you have really swallowed it.....several times I have taken pills , brushed teeth and pink pill falls out in sink

BTW...  my numbers hang in around 300 which is still too high... I practically gave up Ice cream, meatballs,  butter , and cheese...to get to 300

remember the good times...honor the past but don't live there
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2007, 10:48:27 PM »

My cholesterol issues are somewhat based in family history, but mostly from the meds.  Given the rumblings the meds have caused, it is hard for me to believe there could be such a thing as a double dose of the shits.  Yipes.

Thanks for the notes!

AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline SouthSam7

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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2007, 10:16:43 PM »
I can't find anything called "cool tools" at the Crestor website.  Any suggestions? 


Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2007, 11:09:17 PM »
Hey Thunter,

I've never done the CRESTOR, I was prescribed ZOCOR, back in 2004, when my cholesterol levels started going haywire.

I am currently on the generic version "SIMVASTATIN. I do understand where you are coming from. For some reason, this one pill a day, is the one that I hate taking, or simply forget to take. I do seem to get slightly achy , when I take this med, but it is tolerable.

Also ( speaking for myself) I only take it 5 days on 2 days off. If I don't take it, my cholesterol will  go up into the 280 range. I have experimented and documented this. The doctor knows I take it this way. My last blood test in January 11, 07 was 208, for total cholesterol. That was a drop from 260, three months prior. So.... this drug, does the job.

But, you will also need to watch your diet more closely, and yes, try to get out and exercise more. ( this is where I have the problem---exercise. But I do the best I can.

You have probably already started on the Crestor , since you posted this. Hope things are working out well for you.

Take care-----Ray

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 12/08/15,  t-cells are at 386,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 11%

 64 years young.

Offline SouthSam7

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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007, 06:04:51 AM »
I have muscle aches, too.

Offline thunter34

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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2007, 11:17:48 PM »
I can't find anything called "cool tools" at the Crestor website.  Any suggestions? 


I think the "Cool Tools" reference is to the top of THIS site.  Up near where it says, "Blogs, Forums, Drugs, Etc..."

Yes, I have started the Crestor.  So far, I haven't noticed anything different at all.  Only been on it for a little more than a week, though.
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline SouthSam7

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Re: Sheer HAART Attack !
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2007, 03:09:48 AM »
thanks, thunter.  I'm such a dumb-ass.  I'll check out "cool tools" on this website.



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