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Author Topic: Anybody Here on Intelence (Etravarine)?  (Read 2183 times)

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Offline northernguy

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Anybody Here on Intelence (Etravarine)?
« on: May 31, 2012, 01:54:53 AM »
I was discussing with the clinic pharmacist my options for getting off Atripla, he suggested switching out the Sustiva component for Nevirapine or Etravarine.  That kind of surprised me, as I thought it was saved for resistance cases.  Anybody here on it, are there many sides?
Apr 28/06 cd4 600 vl 10,600 cd% 25
Nov 8/09 cd4 510 vl 49,5000 cd% 16
Jan 16/10 cd4 660 vl 54,309 cd% 16
Feb 17/10 Started Atripla
Mar 7/10 cd4 710 vl 1,076 cd% 21
Apr 18/10 cd4 920 vl 268 cd% 28
Jun 19/10 cd4 450 vl 60 cd% 25
Aug 15/10 cd4 680 vl 205 cd% 27
Apr 3/11 cd4 780 vl <40 cd% 30
Jul 17/11 cd4 960 vl <40 cd%33
April 15/12 cd4 1,010 vl <40 cd% 39
April 20/12 Switched to Viramune + Truvada
Aug 2/12 cd4 1040, vl <40, cd% 38
Oct 19 cd4 1,110 vl <40 cd% 41

Offline nomatterhow

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Re: Anybody Here on Intelence (Etravarine)?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2012, 05:52:30 AM »
i am on intelence , not many side effects , just the usual ones (some  belly ache , diarrhea etc)  ... its just a HUGE pill , kinda hard to swallow sometimes

Offline buginme2

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Re: Anybody Here on Intelence (Etravarine)?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2012, 11:07:49 AM »
he suggested switching out the Sustiva component for Nevirapine or Etravarine.

Etavirine is a newer NNRTI.  Resistance to other NNRTI's doesn't seem to cause resistance to Etavirine so it is "saved" usually until you need it.

Nevirapine is an older NNRTI, it just became generic in the US (last week I think) so it would be much cheaper.  It has some issues that need to be monitored for such as rash and hepatoxicity.  However bigger concern is a study that showed a higher death rate in patients taking nevirapine versus those taking Sustiva.

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Offline simpleguy

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Re: Anybody Here on Intelence (Etravarine)?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2012, 07:06:33 PM »
I was on Intelence for about a year, until a few months ago where I switched to Edurant. I was allowed Intelence because of troubles with tolerating other first line meds, like Sustiva, Kaletra and Rayataz, and not because of resistance mutations. The first 2-3 weeks was a breeze, but slowly my tummy would start to bloat and I eventually developed constipation. However that was relieved by taking Lactulose, which softens bowel contents and helps the passage of stuff in your intestines. Besides from that, I didn't feel a thing - no side effects like headaches or feeling dizzy. The only thing that eventually started to annoy me, was the need for taking it with food twice daily. Oh, and then sometimes I would almost choke on the pills! They're big and chalky.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2012, 09:00:02 PM by simpleguy »
2008 JUL: Sustiva OCT: Rayataz DEC: Kaletra 2009 Off meds 2011 Intelence 2012+ Complera


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