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Author Topic: Update: New Meds  (Read 5802 times)

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Offline aztecan

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Update: New Meds
« on: July 19, 2007, 10:39:49 AM »
Hey all,

Thought I would give an update on what's been happening.

After much consultation, discussion and review, I will be dumping Sustiva for Reyataz with a Norvir boost.

Reyataz is more lipid friendly and may not contribute to the lipohypertrophy. We'll see. At least I will be able to sleep and work normally.

We thought about Viramune, but my CD4s are too high and there was a real concern it would cause liver issues.

My pharmacist assures me the new meds will be in today. So, starting today, I will be on the new regimen: Combivir, Reyataz and Norvir.

I will have to stop taking the Protonix because proton pump inhibitors are verboten with Reyataz. So, I will ask the doc today about Pepcid instead. It has to be taken 10 hours prior to the Reyataz, but I think I can work out the logistics.

Wish me luck.


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Offline milker

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Re: Update: New Meds
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2007, 10:57:22 AM »
So I wish you luck, Mark, keep us posted :)

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Offline bear60

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Re: Update: New Meds
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2007, 11:05:26 AM »
I hope this goes well for you, Mark.
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Offline Grinch

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Re: Update: New Meds
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007, 10:19:18 PM »
Good luck!

Offline allanq

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Re: Update: New Meds
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007, 10:42:28 PM »

This sounds like a good switch.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Offline RAB

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Re: Update: New Meds
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2007, 09:46:53 AM »

Thanks for the update buddy.  I'm also wishing you good luck with this new regimen, keep us posted.


Offline AlanBama

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Re: Update: New Meds
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2007, 11:23:38 AM »
hey Mark...

I hope this is "the one" !

hugs & kisses,

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Offline aztecan

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Re: Update: New Meds
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2007, 06:20:49 PM »
I know I have only been taking Reyataz for two days, but I must tell you the difference is wonderful!

Frankly, I have had zero side effects Nothing. Not even a hint of something. No diarrhea, nausea, etc.

I am waiting to see if I jaundice, but I have a feeling I may not. During the years I was on Crixivan, my bilirubin was always just a tad high, but never any jaundicing or other problems. So, I am crossing my fingers that I will have the same luck with Reyataz.

As for the Norvir, I was a bit skeptical at first, mainly because I remember it when it was a first-line PI on its own. I also remember the side effects people had.

Well, no problems as yet. In fact, I have had so few problems I have to double check the pill box to make sure I have actually taken them.

So, at least initially, I am feeling much improved, my head is beginning to clear and no problems from the new pills.

I feel great!  ;D



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Offline Jody

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Re: Update: New Meds
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2007, 08:43:59 PM »
Best of luck on your new regimen Mark and let us know how it goes.

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