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Offline Survivor_1019

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Startin Atripla 23 years old
« on: September 09, 2011, 01:59:14 PM »
Hello everyone i'm 23 years old.. i was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 21..and assuming i got it when i was 18. I started atripla yesterday. The dreams are not so bad but i can't take the nausea and the sleep interruption. I wake up in the middle of the night feeling defeated and like quitting already. I've never done any drugs before prescribed or street drugs, i don't drink any alcohol....I don't know what to do...sleeping is so tough...i want to fight but  i don't know how. My doctor prescribed for meds for nausea...but how long before i can get use to the atripla.. I'm in my 2nd year of college i just want to live

Offline jb1973

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Re: Startin Atripla 23 years old
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2011, 02:03:52 PM »
Possibly stick it out for a few more days if you can, side effects may diminish or go away. If not you may need to switch to soemthing else? What made you pick Atripla vs. Complera?
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Re: Startin Atripla 23 years old
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2011, 02:25:38 PM »
I suggest you give it a month. Most side effects will go away after that. Almost all the drugs used to treat HIV can be rough for the first few weeks. It frustrates me that people claim otherwise.

These are some of the most powerful drugs offered in a non in-patient setting. You will likely experience nausea and other effects for a little while before your body acclimates. Think of it this way - HIV is VERY prominent in the gut (intestines and bowels). The meds are essentially sloughing off this powerful virus (and whatever other materials come along) and allow your body to rebuild with fresh, uninfected material.

I know, totally dumbed down. But what is going to happen is that your body will adjust.

As for the dreams, I have never heard of the Sustiva portion of Atripla coming on so strong, so fast. Do you think perhaps your anxiety about taking meds is factoring in here? It usually takes a while for the Atriple do begin impacting the CNS to a degree that side effects are noticeable. Usually a week or more.

You could of course just be extra sensitive. And of course, there are alternatives to Atripla. But ALL of them have unwanted effects. Most of these effects diminish or disappear over time. The key word here, of course, is time.

Sticking it out for a few days will not give you an accurate assessment of your sensitivity. A few weeks maybe.  Moreover, the combinations get a lot more complicated and expensive from Atripla and Complera. These are drugs that, barring a major breakthrough, you will likely need to take for your whole life. Spending a few weeks close to the bathroom and dealing with sleep issues is, in the long term, not that big a price to pay.

Seriously, stick with it for a few weeks if at all possible. And of course, if you really are not ready to take meds for HIV yet, better to wait if you can than to develop resistance. I hope you are having an ongoing discussion with your doctor.

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Offline newt

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Re: Startin Atripla 23 years old
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2011, 03:20:00 PM »
What jk asaid. But I wouldn't hesitate to change if it becomes too much in the timescale you set. There are many as good combos these days.

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Offline Mp11

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Re: Startin Atripla 23 years old
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2011, 05:20:35 PM »
I started Atripla six weeks ago and got most of the side effects in the first days/week - certainly more than the others on here that started at the same time I did.   What I found was that every day was better than the last.  Night one was crazy.  Night two was a little better.  Night three was way better and so on.  By the end of week two, I was feeling almost normal and not noticing any more side effects.  Now, after almost six weeks, I feel like I did pre-diagnosis.  The only reminder is that big pink pill every night.

My advice is like the others - give it more than a few days and you should notice improvement.  If not, then it's time to talk to the doc, but give it a chance and know that it gets better as your body acclimates.
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Offline Ac75088

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Re: Startin Atripla 23 years old
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2011, 12:24:15 AM »
Just stick it out a bit longer and u should be just fine..My side effects lasted a few days but like previously posted, each night that passed was better than the one before..I'm really sorry you are dealing with the nausea though..I didn't really experience any..My side effects were more lightheadedness and a weird sleep pattern. I hope it gets better very soon

Offline Blackandbeautiful11

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Re: Startin Atripla 23 years old
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2011, 09:43:08 AM »
 Hey survivor you will live just give your body some time to get adjusted. I've been taking atripla for 3 months so I understand. I recently graduated with my associates degree and I'm now pursuing my bachelor degree so just hang in there. God bless Tia

Offline Coolio_7

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Re: Startin Atripla 23 years old
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2011, 12:38:36 PM »
Sorry to hear about your side effects. Like many of the posters stated, just give it some time. I have been on meds about 6 weeks now and all my side effects are gone. I had sleep issues the first week or two but now I can sleep just fine.

I'm just grateful for the meds we have that gives us a chance to stay alive and live a more or less normal life. Just stick it out for a few more weeks and see if things change.


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