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Author Topic: The Sustiva/Atripla Thread  (Read 65190 times)

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Offline JimDublin

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Re: The Sustiva/Atripla Thread
« Reply #200 on: May 17, 2016, 03:47:32 PM »
I'm happy to share that after being off the Atripla and on Genvoya for almost a week I have seen a definite difference in my state of mind. I will mimic what someone said earlier on in the thread.. a veil was lifted! I have been sleeping better, not waking up in a stupor, and haven't experienced a day with a buzzing foggy head since!! I'm so glad I got over my dear of switching and did it. Now we wil see in 3 months if the meds are working on keeping me undetectable with a cd4 in the 1000s. Also, thankfully I did not experience the nausea or any other effect so far. I'm finally able to feel the joy of moving into my new home without a cloud hanging over my head. If anyone has doubts about switching...I highly recommend it!!!

Glad to hear you are doing so well and the switch has suited you.
Very good update.

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Re: The Sustiva/Atripla Thread
« Reply #201 on: June 30, 2016, 03:27:02 PM »
Glad the Genvoya has created a positive difference in your state of mind. I was on Atripla for 9 years and finally made the switch to Genvoya in March 2016. I definitely found myself waking up with a clearer head.

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Re: The Sustiva/Atripla Thread
« Reply #202 on: November 29, 2016, 04:30:56 AM »
Hi all. My first post.

I was diagnosed three years ago and began on Atripla. First time was a complete trip. Had a dream where everything was melting and I could feel the room spinning, but that only lasted one night. Had a rash (but no itching) a few days after and it went away quickly. Always slept really well, but overtime I began experiencing the psychological stuff. It didn't create problems it just heightened them like a magnifying glass. I would get really nervous in a car when someone else was driving. Abnormally so and irrationally. When I got angry it was more than it needed to be. It never lasted though maybe 20-45mins at a time. My dr recently switched me to Genvoya because she said it was more efficient. My cholesterol has been pretty high and steadily increased while on Atripla. We'll see in three months if coming off of it helps. I'm taking Genvoya in the am because I know that I'll consistently eat around the same time and I won't need to make excuses to go take a pill if I'm out with other people. After about a week now I'm beginning to mentally feel a bit more clear, calm, and relaxed...but tonight I am not sleeping. It's been three hours and I'm wide awake. Not sure if it's the Genvoya, or my body still working off the Atripla, or just not tired.

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Re: The Sustiva/Atripla Thread
« Reply #203 on: March 19, 2017, 05:18:52 PM »
Hi. Been with Atripla for two years now and I've been undetected for one and my CD4 are on normal levels now. At the beginning I hated Atripla for it's side effects but as they started to fade away, life got back to normal, except for one thing: the dreaming.
My dreams are no longer vivid as the first nigh (God I hatted it), but have them almost on a daily basis and although most of the times I don't wake up at the middle of the night, it feels as if I don't rest at all... Does anyone have this? What can be done, for I've tried everything from teas, to doing exercise before going to sleep, to reading, not reading, watching TV, not watching TV, listening to music, etc...
I've read some other posts and most of them say that it's something that I have to get used to and I would only that I don't have enough energy during the day.

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Re: The Sustiva/Atripla Thread
« Reply #204 on: March 19, 2017, 06:59:33 PM »
Bernado - I've been in these forums for about 10 years maybe. The consensus is that solution to Atripla and people who have CNS (central nervous system) reactions to it - like you do - is to get off the efavirenz - so change the combo.

I only lasted 1/2 a year on it. I couldn't deal. 

But the challenge of course is that in some countries, HIV+ folks don't have choices. 

Do you have choices?

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Offline Expat1

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Re: The Sustiva/Atripla Thread
« Reply #205 on: March 20, 2017, 09:04:26 PM »
I had the same effect Bernado, my dreams were "tedious' and I awoke felling very tired from them.  Not rested at all. 

My doctor was reluctant to change me as I cant take AZT or NVP so he was concerned about the long term durability of what I took next.  I insisted on Truvada and Rilpivirine and he finally agreed after I was very insistent. 

Very glad I made the switch.  Haven't had a sleep problem since and now on the fourth year of treatment, 3 after the switch. 

I did want to stick to 2nrtis and 1nnrti as I take a lot of other medications that would interact with boosters. 


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