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Author Topic: Triglycerides and Atripla  (Read 3304 times)

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Offline fondeveau

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Triglycerides and Atripla
« on: July 30, 2007, 04:02:17 PM »
Good Lord!  A few years ago my triglycerides were 180.  Then before Atripla, they had risen up to 310, which seemed manageable with diet and exercise.  Then, in October 2006, I started Atripla.  Today, I visited my doctor and I'm at 610!  Anyone else having fun with triglycerides?

Offline dixieman

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Re: Triglycerides and Atripla
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007, 11:18:07 AM »
I think everyone is have fun with triglycerides and cholesterol levels... I watch my diet and I take tricor... when I changed meds from zerit and kaletra... all my levels dropped... cholesterrol levels are normal... my triglycerides are falling but, still elevated... I am now on atripila... one doctor tried to tell me its my diet... not the meds...Right? watch your sugar intake it elevates the triglycerides...

Offline Rightbrain

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Re: Triglycerides and Atripla
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007, 10:21:24 PM »

I've been on atripla (or Atripla and its predecessors) for 4 years and have always had triglycerides hover around the 600's.  My last test showed 991.  I'm 38 and my Dr. seems to think I'm too young to worry.  My only question is, am I supposed to wait until I'm older and the damage is already done?

Brother joe
If there's a cure I hope I can have all the leftover Sustiva.

Offline fondeveau

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Re: Triglycerides and Atripla
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2007, 06:26:44 PM »

I started Tricor this past week.  I don't get much sugar and I've been working hard on dieting, so that can't be the source of this.  I will see the ID specialist Tuesday and see what they think.  Strange and I suppose I should follow up on this: Doctor didn't say anything regarding LDL and HDL, etc., just talked about 'triglycerides".  How are triglycerides and cholesterol related?


So how is your heart?  I'm wondering whether I will have a stroke, etc.  Doctor did say the closer to 1000 the more worrisome and that with luck, the Tricor should take me down as low as we can go. 

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Triglycerides and Atripla
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007, 04:02:49 PM »
I have been on the triglycerides roller-coaster for years.  Before I was diagnosed HIV+ in October, 2005 I had successfully lowered my triglycerides with TriCor to just under 150.  When I started with Kaletra and Combivir in May, 2006, I was over 400 on triglycerides by the July labs and then over 800 in the October labs.  I finally switched to Atripla in Feb. 2007 and my last labs had my triglycerides down to the mid-300s.  I am taking 6000 mg of fish oil per day (2 capsules, 3x a day) in addition to TriCor.  I am hoping that in my Sept labs, my numbers will have diminished further.

Suffice to say, it is important to pay attention to high triglyceride numbers and to work toward finding a way to bring them down while remaining on HAART therapy.  Good luck!

Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD
01/15: 1366 (45.2%), UD
07/15: 1134 (50.7%), UD
02/16: 1043 (55.1%), UD
08/16:  746  (55.4%), UD
08/16:  Switch from Atripla to Genvoya

Offline Rightbrain

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Re: Triglycerides and Atripla
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2007, 12:01:16 AM »

As far as I know my heart is in good shape.  I've never had a reason to think otherwise.  My triglycerides seemed to jump when I started working in a mental health facility where we eat a lot of hot dogs, bologna, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, etc.  At least I hope my heart is in good shape!

brother joe
If there's a cure I hope I can have all the leftover Sustiva.


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