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Author Topic: Switched to Atripla after almost 7 months off meds side effects / long story  (Read 1709 times)

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Offline trai

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Been on it for 6 nights now.... Eavh Night I am finding I am sleeping less and less...and less.. Yeah I get the wonderful dreams. made a couple of GI issues worse ( haha) thought it was the PIs)  Have the drunkiness, etc.   But OMFG the not being able to sleep is going to to be the end of me.  Also starting to get the PN  back in my hands, once again thought it was the PIs...guess not.  I am not really sure how much of this is going to make sense, since my concentratration is not what it was a week ago.

My KS has neither improved while I was on meds, nor gotten worse since I came off of them in Aug.   In Aug we switched my meds after about a year and 4 months due to side effects...and my bad luck was to get to get the Chicken Pox...yes the Chicken Pox not the shingles 2 days after starting the new meds.   Of course the extra horrible way I felt was attibuted to the meds...since it took another 6 days for the chicken pox to start showing up.  ( I never had the first childhood disease)  That was the worse 3 weeks of my life with chicken poz.  I really just wanted to die for 2 weeks.  I mean DIE.
Any ideas on the atripla, I know it is early still.
12/2003  Tested Neg
02/2003  Tested Neg
08/04/2004   Tested Poz
08/05/2004   514     51536       
08/23/2004   516       81600    
01/07/2005   449       27500    
07/01/2005   308       35600    
07/21/2005   527       8140    
09/15/2005   512       3950    
12/02/2005   434       0    
03/15/2006   309       0 
10/   /2006    356      0  
01/08/2007   311       7899    
05/10/2007   345       9133    KS Diagnosis Started Meds for First time.
07/05/2007   692       793
10/   /2007    626       0
01    /2008    ???        0
07/08/2008   6something  0
08/   /2008  Stopped meds

06/2010   ???      0

Offline Peter Staley

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Trai -- first, discuss the sleeping problems with your doc.  I'd ask about a good non-addicting sleeping pill, like Lunesta.

Good luck, and please post an update.

Offline David_CA

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Like I've said many times, I take Atripla in the morning.  It wasn't really interfering with my sleep all that much, but I could tell a difference... I just didn't feel rested in the mornings.  It also took a bit longer to fall asleep.  Plus, by taking it in the morning, it's always on a really empty stomach.  Even if I eat breakfast an hour or two after taking it, I still feel fine.

After falling asleep on the couch one night and missing my dose, I panicked and took it when I woke up (which happened to be my regular wake-up time).  I felt a bit funky for a bit, but not all that bad.  More importantly, I felt SO rested.  I go to the gym every morning, which really seems to help keep me from really noticing the Atripla. 

If you're not having any 'real' side effects (by that I mean physical issues that won't go away) or don't want to take additional pills, switching dosing time may work for you.  I didn't ask my Dr. about it before the switch, as it wasn't practical, but you may want to ask yours.  He did comment that very few of his patients take it in the morning.  Other than that, Peter makes a great suggestion, too.
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
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