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Offline cflas

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?about Norvir
« on: April 21, 2007, 01:17:38 PM »
I've been away from these forums for quite some time. I just lost a dear, dear friend and have been wrapped in my loss and my feelings and my expectations about my life and all that ego crap that I am just now beginning to see myself clear (if only for half a second) to think about the scope of loss and the expectations for quality of life in the future. Today is his funeral and I'm at sixes and sevens about all of this...No, this isn't the first friend I've lost, just the one that may have had the biggest impact.

I 've been pretty consistent about taking my meds. I say "pretty consistent" because a month ago I found that I had two extra Norvirs in the container than I thought I should have. So apparently, I have been skipping a dose periodically without even being aware of it. Call it "pre-occupation".

Anyway, I know I'm rambling, but the question is this:  I understand that Norvir needs to be refrigerated.  I am taking a trip to Vegas in a week and, whenever, I go away, I always carry my meds with me and pack the Norvir in one of those insulated carriers with a frozen pack within. However, I haven't flown since the new restrictions have been in effect and wonder if this will be a problem for me. Can I take Norvir on the plane without a frozen pack or will the airlines confiscate my insulated pack?

I really do thank you for your answers.  Chris

Offline bear60

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Re: ?about Norvir
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2007, 01:26:34 PM »
Are you able to go to your friends funeral?
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Offline allanq

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Re: ?about Norvir
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2007, 01:46:06 PM »

Norvir can keep for up to 30 days without refrigeration, so you don't need those frozen packs for your trip.

I got the following storage information from this website: http://www.atdn.org/simple/riton.html

Storage: The new soft gelatin ritonavir capsules should be stored in a refrigerator if possible. However, refrigeration is not required if the capsules are used within 30 days and kept below 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

When I'm staying at a hotel, I put the Norvir in the mini-bar refrigerator. If there is no mini-bar in the room, I fill up the ice bucket with ice and put the Norvir container in the ice bucket. I change the ice two or three times a day.

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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: ?about Norvir
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2007, 05:23:38 PM »
Hey Chris,

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, I too have been there and I really don't know what to say to make it better.

About Norvir...  When I was taking it, I had to take 6 tabs, three times each day and it was the most ghastly medication I can remember.  My ASO bought me a refrigerator so I could keep it at home.  It was one of the first medications, I developed a resistance to but I seem to recall there was a version of Norvir that did not have to be refrigerated.  Have the best day

Offline cflas

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Re: ?about Norvir
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2007, 07:46:30 PM »
Thanks, guys for the replies.  I guess then I'm OK for the flight if I just keep it in my back-pack.  There'll a refrigerator in the room.

Sonomabeach:  sorry about you Norvir experience.  So, far I been OK with med. I take one Norvir, two Reyataz, and one Truvada once a day.  My numbers are maintaining and being consistent.  I remember being really ill on AZT and also on Crixivan. But I think it was the Viread that made me the sickest.

And, yes, I did get to George's memorial service.  He will be missed so much!  He died a week ago after being diagnosed twenty-three years ago.  Such a great guy.

Anyway, thanks for being around.  You all are the best!!! chris


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