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Author Topic: Anyone taking Intelence?  (Read 1732 times)

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Offline ChefDD

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Anyone taking Intelence?
« on: August 20, 2009, 09:10:15 AM »
Good morning everyone! ;D
    I am taking Intelence  with a light snack at a different time than my other meds(Isentress, Prezista, Truvada, Norvir, Acyclovir, Actonel) . Does jello fall into that category? My ID appointment is next week. Viral load has been undetectable for 6 months and CD4's are 444. HIV since 1986.
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Re: Anyone taking Intelence?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 11:41:17 AM »
Hello Mr. Chef!  I somehow kind of doubt that jello counts.  As far as I know any med indication that something should be taken with a light snack is due to how it's absorbed and it needs something solid to do this.  I'd err more on the side of a toasted bagel, etc.
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Re: Anyone taking Intelence?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2009, 12:56:57 PM »
That is a good point Miss P. I will ask next week. I try to spread out the pills so my tummy doesn't go all bonkers.
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Re: Anyone taking Intelence?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2009, 08:18:24 PM »
Hey Chef,

Miss P is on the mark.  Some meds have fewer side effects if taken with food, and others (like Intelence) need food to be absorbed properly. 

The molecule in the medication binds with proteins in the digestive system - allowing the body to fully absorb the drug.  Without food only about 50% of the drug will be absorbed - increasing your risk of developing resistance.

Toast or glass of milk would be the minimum - otherwise nothing too spicy or light.  Pizza is my favourite.

You are taking alot of HIV meds - do you need all of these?  ( I'm sure you probably do - just seems like alot)

take care.

Consumer product information - http://secure.healthlinks.net.au/content/jc/cmi.cfm?product=jccintel11208

Table of food requirements for HIV meds - http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/dept/aetc/documents/NYNJAETCPharmacyWallChart.pdf
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Re: Anyone taking Intelence?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2009, 11:37:50 PM »
Good evening Tempeboy!
     Good info about the amount of food. I called Express Scripts and their pharmacist said the same thing only in technical speak. Alas my "mutant ninja virus" has learned to dance around the old medications. Side effects prevent me from taking a number of meds. I got hepatoxcity from Virmune and was in hospital for 10 days.  :P  Dr. just discovered the osteoporosis in hips (-2.8 in right hip and -2.6 in left) and osteopenia which is why I am starting Actonel.  Insurance changes next year might cause me to talk with my Dr about reducing number of meds. My medical costs will average about $325 a month in 2010 compared to 250 for the past years. Can I claim Pizza as a medical necessity on my taxes :) ?
Take good care,
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