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Author Topic: What to say to Doctor?  (Read 1688 times)

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Offline Ocean_Lover

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What to say to Doctor?
« on: September 11, 2011, 12:27:12 AM »
I started Atripla just about 2 months ago.

I have a very unusual job where my sleep pattern adjusts from day to day. I travel for work and have to adjust or otherwise spend the evening awake which is a drag.

I have been prescribed 20mg of Ambien to go along with the Atripla and since I have had zero side effects. I go to sleep on time, wake up on time with zero hangover effect and able to get out of bed, in shower, workout, work etc.

How do I ensure my sleeping meds are not decreased? Before I was prescribed 10mg and that did not do a darn thing, I would still just sit there and stare at the celling, kind of worried.

Offline mikeyb39

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Re: What to say to Doctor?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2011, 01:30:20 AM »
hi Ocean,
How do you get prescribed 20mg, i didn't think their was a 20mg pill.  I take the 10mg, but sometimes i need a half of another to stay asleep.  I know how you feel though before Atripla i didn't sleep well and after its gotten little worse, so i find myself running out of my prescriptions 5 to 7 days sooner.  uggggg

11/02/2010  cd4-251, vl-591000
12/09/2010  started Atripla
02/18/2011  cd4-425, vl-800
06/10/2011  cd4-447, vl-70
10/10/2011  cd4-666, vl-80
01/05/2012  swiched med (prezista,norvir ,isentress, )
02/10/2012  cd4-733, vl-UD  Viread removed
06/10/2012  cd4-614, vl-UD
12/14/2012  cd4-764, vl-UD
09/01/2013  cd4-785, vl-UD
03/06/2014. cd4- 1078, VL-UD
09/05/2014  cd4-850 , VL-UD
09/05/2014 switched meds isentress, prezcobix -still only two antivirals
10/14/2015  cd4-600 , VL-UD

Offline Ocean_Lover

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Re: What to say to Doctor?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2011, 04:19:43 PM »

I had it changed from 10mg (1 pill) to 20mg (2 pills) nightly. My Doctor says it is above the suggested amount to be taken. I know the risks and with no studies on Atripla on how it will affect later down the line, I do not want to hear what 20mg might do=) I care about keeping my job and being able to sleep in order to maintain a proper workout schedule. I am addicted to working out and I enjoy doing it=) It is just a relief knowing when I take the Atripla I will have no side affects and be knocked out till my alarm goes off. Like yourself I was running out atleast 7 days to early and having to suffer. I wish you the best of luck and maybe ask your Dr to bump up dosage.

Offline newt

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Re: What to say to Doctor?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2011, 04:41:53 PM »
There is no properly studied and recommended dose of Ambien to deal with Sustiva side effects, so to me suggested is the key word in your post.

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


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