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Author Topic: NEUROPATHY MED SWITCH  (Read 3223 times)

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Offline c69

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« on: August 29, 2006, 05:24:17 PM »
My neuropathy subsided when I started meds last May, but since last week it has returned with a vengeance. Pain all over my body (burning). Went to see the doc today and he wants to wait another week, see what happens and then switch emtriva for ziagen (abacavir).
Anyone with experience with this ziagen?
Side effects?
I know it's different with anyone but still would like to hear good or bad experiences so as to make a good decision if I need to switch.


(who is not happy to maybe have to say goodbye to an effective regimen, not knowing what this ziagen will bring)
Meds since May 2006, Abacavir, Tenofovir, Reyataz & Norvir.

Offline J.R.E.

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2006, 08:27:50 PM »
Hello C69

Sorry to hear about the Neuropathy. I deal with it also. And it varies in intensity, and various times. I started dealing with neuropathy about 6 months or so into meds. My regemin at that point was Viramune, Epivir, and Ziagen. I still deal with the occssaional "sunburn feeling"

When Epzicom became available ( Ziagen and epivir) I switched to that pill. What other meds are you on ?

Heres some info on Ziagen. Realise that about 8% of people taking ziagen can havea hypersentive reaction to it : So read this carefully....


Heres some info from the lesson on Neuropathy, in case you may have missed it ;


Keep in touch------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline c69

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2006, 04:35:12 AM »
Thx, Ray.
I am using Sustiva, Viread,and Emtriva.
The doctor says the last one night be the culprit althoug he has never found it to give this side effect so early in treatment (3 months).
I also had these symptoms before I started medication. After starting medication it faded, but now it is back.

I don't know I am trying to keep a happy face but this is really getting me down.
I know this sounds pathetic but I am feeling so weak (literally) and vulnerable at the moment.
Meds since May 2006, Abacavir, Tenofovir, Reyataz & Norvir.

Offline BB

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2006, 01:14:13 PM »
C69, are you taking one pill called Atripla? I just started this drug and experienced the prickling, burning sensation but only for a day and only on my face. Atripla has all the drugs you just listed. I did notice lite numbness in my fingers but nothing bothersome. My doc said this side effect should go away after some time.

I agree with Ray and think you should read up on the drugs your taking in the drug section of this web site.

OOPs, I just noticed your on separate meds.

« Last Edit: August 30, 2006, 01:18:59 PM by BB »
Damn the Torpedoes! Full speed ahead! Adm. D. Farragut.

Started Atripla 8/18/06 and if I eat the right food when I take my meds, I get to go on a-trip-la.

Offline newt

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2006, 05:56:02 PM »
"Pain all over my body (burning)"

this don't sound like neuropathy to me, it sounds more like a general inflammatory reaction, which - if it is the HIV meds - suggests an allergy to one of the drugs, perhaps Sustiva, or at an outside-but-still possible-chance the Emtriva.

- matt
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"

Offline c69

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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2006, 06:52:13 PM »
There are many types of neuropathy, and I have been diagnosed with (most likely) autonomic neuropathy. This is damage to the nerves that send signals to the organs we cannot influence (lungs, liver, stomache, hart, sweat and saliva glands). When it gets in overdrive for whatever reason the brain sends false signals to all these nerves, causing me to have pain all over my body.
For me and my kind of neuropathy this feels like the sunburn Ray talked about. From head to toe. i  don't get the pins ands needles in my feet like Ray probably has. Anyway it is caused by the hiv because I already had it before starting meds. So now the question is whether the meds aggrevate it or bring it back. My doc says it might be the emtriva. But he is not sure.

Anyway,thanks for the input Ray and Newt,it is a little better now.

Meds since May 2006, Abacavir, Tenofovir, Reyataz & Norvir.


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