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Offline uk lady

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finally changing meds any advice?
« on: March 25, 2008, 03:37:56 PM »
hi all i posted not too long ago saying i am due to change meds due to me & my partner wanting a baby, i was on sustiva & truvada so had to change due to the sustiva not being safe to take. doctor gave me kaletra instead of sustiva & keeping the truvada. i am very pleased with just having to change one med but so anxious about finally switching over as i have done so well on my previous combo. doc gave me the new meds over a week ago but have not yet taken any as have still got some of the old one's & to be honest i am just putting it off! any advice on this new combo or at least kaletra? thanks much appreciated

Offline Snowangel

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Re: finally changing meds any advice?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2008, 11:26:28 PM »
Hi UK lady,
I have no advice as far as the Kaletra.  With my last pregnancy my docs changed my meds to Truvada, Norvir and Reyataz. I was in a study for Women and transmission at UMASS in Worcester.  I can call my nurse up and see what the latest combos are, if you need?
Good Luck! Snow
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Offline Steinway

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Re: finally changing meds any advice?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 02:28:31 AM »
Hello.  I'm also on Sustiva and Truvada.  I have been looking the meds over because my insurance is running out soon and I need to weigh my options.  From what I understand Kaletra and Sustiva are very similar.  I would just keep researching online and go to the libraries, aid-hiv books through Amazon or?   and read as much as you can.  Being informed will definitely ease your mind some.   Good luck and let us know how you are doing.  by the way, congratulations on the baby.
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Offline aztecan

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Re: finally changing meds any advice?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008, 08:18:13 AM »
Hey Lady,

Congratulations on the new combo. Kaletra is a good drug. There are a few side effects you might experience, but maybe not.

Not everyone has side effects nor does everyone experience the same level of side effect.

You may find some diarrhea resulting from the Kaletra. Ask your doc, but Imodium or some similar anti-diarrheal will usually do the trick.

Keep us posted on how things go.

Not intending to sound shrill, Steinway, but Kaletra and Sustiva are in no way similar.

Kaletra is a single pill containing a protease inhibitor (lopinavir), with a small dose of Norvir (ritonavir) to boost it.

Sustiva is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, commonly called a non-nuke.

While they do interrupt the life cycle of the virus, as all ARVs do, they act on different areas of that life cycle, Sustiva prior to the viral RNA being duplicated into a DNA strand that can be incorporated into the host cell's nucleus, Kaletra after new viral strands are formed but prior to their being released back into the bloodstream.

Source: http://www.aidsmeds.com/list.shtml

Also, Sustiva has been shown to cause serious birth defects when taken by pregnant women and in monkeys during animal testing.

Source: http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/Pregnancy_4907.shtml

Just wanted to make that clear.



« Last Edit: March 26, 2008, 08:27:37 AM by aztecan »
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Offline uk lady

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Re: finally changing meds any advice?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008, 11:13:53 AM »
thank you all very much i am so greatful for any advice. maybe ill be lucky & not get any side effects wouldnt that be perfect :) im not pregnant yet but want to be thats why i am changing the meds thanks all


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