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Offline its_just_me

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« on: April 09, 2009, 08:21:08 PM »

I started atripla 2 weeks ago and am not doing very well with it.  I was very sick to my stomach, tired, find myself getting very angry when I take it, can't sleep, and not I feel as though my stomach is swollen and sore. I feel like an old man. I have not been fairing very well with meds lately, my cd4 is 310. I just want to say to hell with them. tried that before and my numbers went crazy.  I am not suicidal, but I demand quality of life. Would it be asking for a fast death sentence if I just stopped taking them? how long would there be "quality" if I stopped?  I am just new to this and am scared.  I hate to sound whiney but need folks to talk to.
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Offline Peter Staley

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Re: ouch
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 10:17:28 AM »
First off, welcome to our forums.

There's a break-in period with most HIV meds, including Atripla.  The short-term side effects usually go away in a few weeks.  Have you noticed if the side effects you've mentioned have slowly improved from how they were initially?  If so, I'd say stick with it a bit longer, just to make sure you're not stopping this treatment only because of it's short-term side effects.

Would it be asking for a fast death sentence if I just stopped taking them? how long would there be "quality" if I stopped?

Eventually, yes.  Untreated HIV will kill you.  The good news is that once you find a treatment regimen that works for you (few side effects), then you can expect to live until old age like everyone else.

Hope this helps.

Offline newt

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Re: ouch
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 11:45:15 AM »
Get on a different combo

Atripla is convenient but not everything. If it screws your head/stomach change. Beat on your doc's door til you get a combination that suits, there are many these days.

But also what Peter said about giving it a while.

As for "to hell", the quality of life with treatments for untreated HIV is not so good, probably worse side effects wise.

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Offline its_just_me

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Re: ouch
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 03:13:47 PM »
thank you for your time in responding.

I just get scared that i am going to feel bad forever.  I know that we are now at a time in history where we are blessed with many new meds.  it's just tough.  I deal better at times than I do at other times.  you know how it is.

thank you.  I am glad I am here.


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