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Offline buginme2

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« on: September 21, 2011, 09:01:24 AM »
So for about the past 2 weeks I have gotten a pretty strong headache every single day.  I have always had some history of migranes and have a prescription for Immitrex but have never had so many in a row.  If anyone is familiar with Immitrex you are limited to the number of pills you can take each month and I have reached my limit so I have run out of options and am just dealing.  My regular appointment with my doctor is in a couple weeks and I have wanted to just hold out until I see him and mention it but it is really starting to bring me down.  Besides with my work schedule right now I'm no sure if I can even get an appointment.

Today I really considered skipping my Atripla in the hopes that it would keep me from getting another headache even if it is for just one day.  The thought of skipping it really was a bit of a downer as I have never missed a dose and wasnt planning on missing one.  I have done so well on Atripla up until now (and I really dont know if it is the atripla causing the increase in headaches or what).  Its quite disturbing to me if it is causing my headaches, I dont think I could continue this way.
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Offline Hoover

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Re: Headaches
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2011, 10:14:30 AM »
My partner has suffered from migraines all his adult life as well as his father and brother.
For years he would take the pills you take and they worked but he felt like hell the next day.
After reading an article on line, he discovered that Oxygen is used to treat certain migraines.
Do a Google with the keywords "migraines and Oxygen."
He purchased an Oxygen concentrator/generator for $250.00 from ebay and uses it when a headache begins.
I have also used the oxygen machine when I have a headache and it works for me.

Now for the disclaimer:
I do not sell oxygen machines nor do I have stock in any company that sells oxygen machines, we grow coffee.
I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV.
I am not prescribing any medicines or procedures to you, but am reporting what we do when in your situation.
It seems breathing oxygen is safer than stopping your HIV meds.

Talk to your doctor.

Good luck,
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Offline mikeyb39

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Re: Headaches
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2011, 10:37:40 AM »
hi bug,
i get mild migraines myself, i take the generic imatrex and get 30 pills per prescription for 5.00.  maybe should check with dr about the generic version
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Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Headaches
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2011, 11:08:33 AM »
I have done so well on Atripla up until now (and I really dont know if it is the atripla causing the increase in headaches or what).

You have done really well on HAART

So far that has meant ATRIPLA for you.  But you are likely to do well on other versions of HAART too. 

So if ATRIPLA is indicated in your headaches don't be afraid to switch to something else.  The new HAART regimen could be even easier for you.  And as long as you switch carefully (under a doctor's care) you should be able to go back to ATRIPLA if the new one is worse. 

There's a lot of fear in switching regimens, among both patients and doctors.  And certainly, at the point of a switch is a time of greater danger, when life threatening reactions can occur.  But otherwise, much of the fear seems a remnant of earlier times when one left a regimen because you had burnt it up and become resistant.  Given the array of modern HAART, for someone who does not have resistance there is a lot to be said for switching to minimize the inconvenience of a particular type of HAART.
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