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Author Topic: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences  (Read 7302 times)

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Offline bimazek

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Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences

fortunately or unfortunately I will start atripla soon does anyone have experience with ONLY atripla and have you had body shape changes please post your experiences.
for example redistribution of body fat, strange things that cannot be just from diet changes or stress.
changes that would be noticable
i guess that is my big fear in starting atripla
please post

Offline sharkdiver

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008, 03:52:03 PM »
I was wondering about you and if you had started meds yet.

I have a couple of friends that went on Atripla last year and they are doing quite well. it's easy to take (comparatively to others) and the only "problem" has been high triglycerides. Both of them look pretty good physically since going off the PI's, in fact even appearing "more physically fit." But that could also be that they have been paying more attention to their diet, exercise and mental health.

It is a lot different now from when I started meds (probably because there was nothing available beforehand). But I do recognize the stress and anxiety (and fear?) you may have been feeling from your threads. You don't have to go it alone. There are resources available for you.


Offline thunter34

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008, 04:52:07 PM »

Exactly.  Bim, to be honest...with your obvious depression and anxiety issues, I marvel that you and your doctor would opt for Atripla (and hold my breath for how this might turn out if it exacerbates these problems). 

But I don't really know why I am even bothering to post this, as I am just another one of the kumbaya singing circle here and you rarely bother to come back to read and respond to what anyone else has to say anyway.  You just go on with post after post seeking responses within narrowly framed parameters that you never answer back to, or expounding about arsenic assassins and plump, juicy chicken breasts or whatever the heck else.

But seriously, man:  I hope it all works out for you with the Atripla if you are so dead set on not seeking out some sort of therapy to deal with your mental and emotional response to having HIV.
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline LordBerners

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2008, 02:38:15 AM »
I lost a huge amount of weight - around 40 pounds - after taking Atripla (in my case Truvada/Sustiva).  It totally eliminated my appetite and ability to eat. 
Please, just call me Berners.. or Baron.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2008, 02:44:19 AM »
I think that's a very unusual situation, your Lordship.  Didn't you have some other medical situation concurrently.  I'd hate to unnecessarily worry Bimazek.

Personally I still think a Reyataz based combo would suit this person better, but I digress.
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Offline LordBerners

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2008, 06:04:41 AM »
Yes, philly, I've been told that my reaction to Sustiva is quite unusual, but there's no doubt that it eliminated my ability to eat, as well as making me feel incredibly sick.  My weight loss did continue after stopping meds though, so it is possible part of that massive weight loss was due to other causes.
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Offline bubble

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2008, 08:34:44 AM »
I have many friends that are on it and they are all doing fine. they take it at night and have vivid dreams. thats about all.
diagnosed 03/08/05
reluctantly started my first combo (Kaletra/Truvada) on 09/28/06 cause my tcells were dropping and vl increasing.
01/26/07 - undetectable!
12/01/08 - started new combo because of problems with Kaletra. Now on Truvada/Isentress.
Still undetectable. :)

Offline SoSadTooBad

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2008, 10:35:13 PM »
Spent a year on Combivir/Sustiva, then switched about 8 months ago to Atripla.  No body shape changes on either meds.  Probably in better shape now than I was when diagnosed.

I still have wacky dreams - last night, I dreamt that some switched out my kitchen appliances for old crummy ones, and I was really pissed about it!  All was quiet in the kitchen when I woke up this AM.   

Offline shadowfluid

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2008, 03:56:35 PM »
When do you start meds bizmukkah?
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2008, 03:07:53 AM »
No changes in weight for me either. WOw, just noticed there are 3 threads basically asking the same question.
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
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Offline chm02

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Re: Atripla -- body shape changes please post your experiences
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2008, 05:50:14 PM »
I've been on Atripla for a couple of years now. My diet hasn't changed, but I've noticed the loss of subcutaneous fat in my face and thighs. Neither of these things is troublesome -yet. Whether this lypoatrophy is attibutable to the drug or just the fact of hiv, I don't know.


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