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Author Topic: Just started Atripla And Have A New Born Baby, Bad Timing????  (Read 3563 times)

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Offline NewDaddy

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Just started Atripla And Have A New Born Baby, Bad Timing????
« on: October 21, 2011, 06:26:28 AM »
I actually posted this in another section of the forum, but I'm re posting here because it seems like a more appropriate section.

I'm really pressed for time on my lunch break so I'm just going to copy and paste my original post....

Feeling Guilty About Not Doing My Home WorkÖ.

The title of my thread is a little off because itís actually my wife, not me who just started the meds.

Iím feeling guilty because she is very dependent on me and I wish I would have done more research before she started them. She is actually taking the 2 pill combo of Stocrin and Truvade.

We are unfortunately not together right now because of my work, Iím about 7000 miles away and we communicate on skype and the phone, but with my long work hours and both of us being in under developed countries itís difficult due to bad phone and internet connectionsÖ

Her first night was horrible with dizziness and couldnít sleep, she was a zombie today and not feeling well at all. She took her second dose about three hours ago, I just called because itís time to give the baby her meds (Midnight) and she said that she is doing OK. She took care of the baby and went to the bathroom, was a little bit dizzy but not too bad. She was pretty out of it so I think Iíll get a better report tomorrow and Iím praying that sheís truly doing betterÖ.

Our new born is 6 weeks old and is taking Meds every six hours and milk every 2-3 hours so sleep for my wife is almost impossible anywaysÖ She does have help from some very close friends but they are not aware of her status and do not know what the meds are that the baby is taking.

Itís a very complicated situation!!!!!

My wifeís health is very good. She has been undetectable since being diagnosed last year and her T Cell count has always been over 600. She was just tested a week after the baby was born and is still undetectable and T Cells at 700, but she was on meds during the pregnancy and this might have kept them high..

The doctor gave her the choice of starting HAART now or later, but he did seem to push her a little because he was worried about resistance because she was taking meds during the pregnancy.

We talked about it and decided to go ahead and start, she told me the name of the meds this morning and when I did some research on Stocrin and Truvade I found some mention of dizziness, and sleeplessness but nothing too bad, but when I started to read about Atripla I found some real horror stories and now I feel terrible about her taking it!

She has so much on her plate right now with the baby that I think we may have made a mistake. She needs all of her strength and sleep so I personally think that maybe she should stop and tell the doctor to either wait a few months or go with another therapy. I should mention that he DID NOT warn her of possible sleep problems, but I suspect that he didnít want to CAUSE her to have problems by telling her. Again, this is not Europe or The States, they do things differently where we areÖ. We do like and trust the Doc, he is not a specialist but he does preach that he strictly adheres to the newest CDC guidelines..

I guess that we will see how she feels tomorrow but I have been reading through the forum here and a lot of you are more experienced and knowledgeable so I would appreciate your thoughts or advice.

Because of the situation with our new daughter I thought some people might be curious so I just want to mention that my wifes pediatrician is very experienced with HIV and pregnancy. Itís unfortunately very common here. She was very well cared for and had a caesarian section and we are extremely optimistic that the baby will be fine. The baby is taking the precautionary meds and will be tested (I Believe) in 2 months. I was tested when we found out my wife was pregnant and again about three weeks ago and I am HIV negative.

Thank You In Advance!

**Update 21 October, On her second night of treatment she was both dizzy and vomiting... She is going to stop the meds and talk with the doctor later this week**

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Re: Just started Atripla And Have A New Born Baby, Bad Timing????
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2011, 06:45:45 AM »
Hi Daddy, welcome to the forums.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to lock this thread. As a man, you are not permitted to post in the Women's forum as it is for women only.

I'll reply to you in the thread you started in a more appropriate forum.


PS - Please encourage your wife to join the forums. She can post in the women's forum all she wants to and it may be a great help to her. It might make her feel less alone.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2011, 06:56:51 AM by Ann »
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