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Offline J.R.E.

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Med change after almost 15 years !
« on: April 13, 2018, 05:21:30 pm »
Hey all,....

Hope everyone is well!!


I had my follow up appointment today with my HIV care provider at the VA medical center, here in St Petersburg, Florida.

I was asked, if I would like to do a one-a-day pill.  Of course, I jumped on it, because I've been thinking about this for quite some time.

I am currently on Viramune ( twice a day) and Epzicom ( Once a day). I will be switched to Triumeq.  So basically the Epzicom component will be available in the Triumec.

The changed out component is Viramune, which will now be Dolutegravir.

So, while it's not a big change, it is still a change.  I have been undetectable, for many years now, and overall doing pretty well.

I have never been on integrase inhibitors. My meds have been consistent over the past 15 years.

I could have picked up the 90 day supply at the VA pharmacy today, but I chose on having them mail it to me. I should be receiving it in about a week.

I will also schedule labs six weeks, after starting the new medication, to make sure it's doing it's job.

I also plan on taking the single daily pill, around 8:00pm.  I think this works out best for me.

Onward and upward !   :)    Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 3/13/18

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 3/13/2018,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @377 /  CD4 % @ 12
Lymphocytes,absolute--3017

  
 66 years young.

Offline leatherman

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Re: Med change after almost 15 years !
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2018, 08:10:00 pm »
awesome!

Two years ago I changed up my 12-yr old regimen and couldn't be happier. I figured if all the kids could have the good meds, then I should too.  :D

best wishes with the new stuff!
leatherman (aka mIkIE)

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Don't you fear what will come will come
And right now we're in the sun
Sure enough, seasons change
But don't let today get lost 'cause today the sun's on us
Today the sun's on us
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Offline Kurt9

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Re: Med change after almost 15 years !
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 06:48:26 pm »
HELLO MY FRIEND. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE ONE PILL A DAY. AFTER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF THE SAME MEDS, STARTED THE ONE PILL A DAY, TWO WEEKS AGO. THE PILL IS ODEFSEY. GOOD LUCK  WITH YOUR NEW MEDS. GOD BLESS YOU.

Offline flashdance

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Re: Med change after almost 15 years !
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2018, 07:07:36 pm »
4 Months on Genvoya..!!
Before that 14 years on Sustiva/Truvada.
Before that 8 years on Crixivan and AZT+.
You are never alone...and if you start to feel lonely....search me out...or grab your cat!

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Med change after almost 15 years !
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 02:54:49 pm »
 :)  Thanks Guys !

Just checked on my site, and the new med has been dispensed, so I should be getting it soon.

If this new med goes 15 years for me, that will place me at the ripe old age of 81 ! LOL  :P

Good luck on your med changes !!


Ray   8)
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 3/13/18

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 3/13/2018,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @377 /  CD4 % @ 12
Lymphocytes,absolute--3017

  
 66 years young.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Med change after almost 15 years !
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 03:03:03 pm »


Just wanted to give a little more update on things.  They are still monitoring my Mitrol valve condition.  Next tests will be in July, which may or may not include another TEE.

Otherwise all is going well. Could still drop a little in the weight. Appetite is good, neuropathy is so very minimal, and doesn't cause me any real issues.


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 3/13/18

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 3/13/2018,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @377 /  CD4 % @ 12
Lymphocytes,absolute--3017

  
 66 years young.

 


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