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Offline ndrew

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One pill a day...
« on: October 03, 2006, 10:01:14 PM »
Hello,

I have not been around here much, because I had a huge project to do, which was quite a success.  I hope some of you will remember me  :)

Anyway, I FINALLY got my labs- 362/21% CD4, 48K VIRAL

My doctor sez my resistance test is cool, so I am looking at a bottle of Atripla with my name on it (spelled incorrectly of course).

I dunno how I feel about this.  I was dreading it for a while, but after 2 1/2 years without meds, I think I am ready.  I am going to start popping the big pill tomorrow night after I teach my last class of the week and go to the gym.

Change is good...
Drew


Offline Eldon

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2006, 10:48:34 PM »
Hello Drew,

It is good to hear from you. I wanted to wish you the BEST on taking your new meds. Just remember to take them as your Doctor has prescribed them to you. Please DO keep us posted.



Make the BEST of each Day!

Offline wellington

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2006, 11:03:48 PM »
Meds are great. No reason at all to fear them, unless you've become resistant or have an unpleasant reaction. Keep thinking the happy thoughts and the karma fairies will be kind ;)

Offline otherplaces

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2006, 11:07:48 PM »
Drew,

I wish you the best of luck with this step forward.  I know it is different for everyone.  But I have to say I'm unsure if I feel anything when I take Atripla now...except better.  I hope it is the same for you.

Keep us posted.

Go get 'em!

brian


Offline Life

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2006, 11:34:25 PM »
Drew,  sounds like your body is asking you for permission to have a break now.  It has worked pretty damn well at staving off the critters.  You will do just fine..   Its just a "stepping stone" is all..  Don't make to big a deal out of it as I did... The Fight Begins!  Motha *uckers! ;D

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2006, 07:22:18 AM »
Nice to see you around....Just pretend you are taking vitamins, aint no big thing! You know, some of us have very little side effects. Maybe you will be one of those! Best of luck. And yes, change is good!
Positive since 1985

Offline Longislander

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2006, 08:18:02 AM »
Hi Andrew, read your past posts, you're an awesome guy. Good luck tonite. Here's to no real side effects.
Paul
infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2006, 08:48:30 AM »
Hello Andrew,

I know the feeling of "dreading" to start on meds. I think you will do OK !! I remember, when I went to Walgreens the first time back in 2003 and picked up my prescriptions, for Viramune, Epivir. and zerit. There was the whole break-in in period with the viramune, and epivir and zerit was one pill every 12 hours. I was also taking Bactrim and Zithromax. Seemed a little overwhelming to me at first,Evertime I turned around, it seemed it was time to take another pill!! :P But at the same time I was ready to start, and there was no way I could hold off any longer.
Stay in touch with us, let us know how you are doing...

You'll do Ok--------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 12 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 1/23/17

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 03/06/17,  t-cells are at 347,   Viral load remains <40

Lymphocytes--2967

Current % is at 12%

  
 65 years young.

Offline LatinAlexander

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2006, 08:53:46 AM »
GOOD LUCK WITH ATRIPLA!!!!

Alex
Poz since Jul 19 2006
Initial numbers : CD4-250 VL 3500
First labs after HAART (Dec 04-2006) : CD4-432 VL-<40 (Undetectable)  cd4%=25.11%
Started HAART: Combivir+Efavirenz Aug 26 7:38 pm
Feb 08 2007 - Gradually stopping HAART cause of Myalgia. Protecting Efavirenz. Stopped Efavirenz, ahead with Combivir....
February 17 Combivir stopped.
April 3 -07 : Started ddi+3tc+efavirenz...
Gay and positive (What a lack of Identity...:) )
Looking for my Ben....

Offline Iggy

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2006, 09:06:16 AM »
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« Last Edit: January 12, 2007, 08:40:27 PM by Iggy »

Offline David_CA

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2006, 09:34:49 AM »
Hi Drew,

When I got the results from my last labs, there was a note that my Dr. wanted to discuss starting treatment on my next appointment.  This will be on October 20th.  I'm pretty sure he's going to suggest Atripla.  I have mixed feelings about this.  I hear about all these bad side effects from some, but none from other people.  On the other hand, I get tired much quicker now (no stamina) and these damned night sweats are a pain.  I'm hoping that the side effects from the drugs are less than the side effects of HIV.  Good luck to you and do keep us informed as to how things go.

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
You must be the change you want to see in the world.  Mahatma Gandhi

Offline ndrew

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2006, 07:56:27 PM »
Hello everyone,

Thanks so much for all your support, encouragement and kind words.  I am a little nervous, but actually I feel like I am ready.  This is my choice and it is what I want to do.  I have tracked my CD4 and viral and I am making this decision, so it feels good.  I have been pretty lucky that I am rather healthy (aside from sinus/allergy stuff that runs me down and feeling dumber than I used to be).

I wanted to start last night, sort of excited to start for some reason, but I had to teach today. 

I am nervous about adherence.  I have been taking vitamins and supplements daily and been very good with that.  What do people do?  Should I set an alarm?  I have the Atripla by my bed.  Should I put Atripla on my pillow?  :)  I guess it just needs to be part of routine, habit?  Also, can someone point me to info. on supplements and other drugs not to mix with Atripla.

There is talk of side effects, but I have heard a lot of people on the forums (a majority?) who have had little or no side effects.  I have been pretty lucky, so I remain hopeful.

I am going to rest, go to the gym and then take my first Atripla (does the work "trip" really need to be there?)

Looking forward to giving my immune system an extended vacation from the little pest... and feeling solidarity with all of my positive brothers and sisters!!

With love and support,
Drew

Offline otherplaces

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2006, 09:57:49 PM »

Andrew,

You'll go forward with much strength!  I have also noticed how few of us on the forums have side effects from atripla.  I think you'll be not just okay, but great!

I bought a weekly pill box that I put all my pills in.  So I know if I took my dose every night.  I have an alarm on my cell phone that goes off every night at 11:30pm.  On Sat. I refill the pill box after I take the sat. dose..  So far fool proof.  I know I can be absent minded so I figured I'd make sure it's all getting done correctly on the front end.  I'm sure it'll be harder a few months from now.  Even then, when the alarm goes off I just pop the pill, even if I'm going to stay up until 1am.  It doesn't seem to bother me.

much love,
brian


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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2006, 12:16:44 AM »
Standing firm on this stony ground
The wind blows hard
Pulls these clothes around
I harbour all the same worries as most
The temptations to leave or to give up the ghost
I wrestle with an outlook on life
That shifts between darkness and shadowy light
I struggle with words for fear that they'll hear
But Orpheus sleeps on his back still dead to the world

Sunlight falls, my wings open wide
There's a beauty here I cannot deny
And bottles that tumble and crash on the stairs
Are just so many people I knew never cared
Down below on the wreck of the ship
Are a stronghold of pleasures I couldn't regret
But the baggage is swallowed up by the tide
As Orpheus keeps to his promise and stays by my side

Tell me, I've still a lot to learn
Understand, these fires never stop
Believe me, when this joke is tired of laughing
I will hear the promise of my Orpheus sing

Sleepers sleep as we row the boat
Just you the weather and I gave up hope
But all of the hurdles that fell in our laps
Were fuel for the fire and straw for our backs
Still the voices have stories to tell
Of the power struggles in heaven and hell
But we feel secure against such mighty dreams
As Orpheus sings of the promise tomorrow may bring

Tell me, I've still a lot to learn
Understand, these fires never stop
Please believe, when this joke is tired of laughing
I will hear the promise of my Orpheus sing

-David Sylvian

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2006, 09:25:16 AM »
Hello,

2 nights with Atripla.  First night, due to nervousness, I tossed and turned, etc. and not as alert the next morning.  All day I felt exhausted, but this was partially from a huge workout that same night.  Disappointed that I didn't have amazing dreams... but no major complaints. 

Last night I had a FULL night sleep with the help of a sleeping pill (just in case).  I was very aware of some of my dreaming, especially early in the night and in the morning when I went back to sleep.  Dizzy, disoriented and not fully awake when I opened my eyes.  I feel like I am carry around some extra water in my brain, not as alert perhaps.  I remember getting up to take a pee a couple times in the night and experienced the drunkenness people have described.  A bit of a sinus headache, but that is allergy related (cats).

Drew

Offline Life

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2006, 10:15:57 AM »
Drew,  all of this will deminish as time goes along.   Your body is just sayin "What the *uck is goin on?  I got helpers now!"   Just keep movin on this...

Love

Offline racingmind

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2006, 10:35:59 AM »
Drew,

I am (and I'm sure everyone is) very interested in your experiences with Atripla.  I may have to go on it very soon.  I have been told that there are almost always initial side effects during the first couple of weeks while the body adjusts and then they subside.  Please continue to keep us updated.  Hang in there buddy!  You'll be in my thoughts....

(((A Warm Hug)))

Dave

Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2006, 03:53:25 PM »
Andrew,

You'll go forward with much strength!  I have also noticed how few of us on the forums have side effects from atripla.  I think you'll be not just okay, but great!

I bought a weekly pill box that I put all my pills in.  So I know if I took my dose every night.  I have an alarm on my cell phone that goes off every night at 11:30pm.  On Sat. I refill the pill box after I take the sat. dose..  So far fool proof.  I know I can be absent minded so I figured I'd make sure it's all getting done correctly on the front end.  I'm sure it'll be harder a few months from now.  Even then, when the alarm goes off I just pop the pill, even if I'm going to stay up until 1am.  It doesn't seem to bother me.

much love,
brian



This was a very helpful post. I stay up late usually every night. I usually get in bed between 11 pm and midnight except on weekends when its possible to stay up until close to 1am. I start Atripla tonight and I was wondering what would be the optimal time to begin. I think I'm going to dose at 10:30 or 11pm.  Things will get difficult when I travel to Europe or the west coast for work once or twice a year and have to convert the time change but hopefully by then my body will be handling the drug side effects better and I'll be able to continue on with work.

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2006, 06:11:48 PM »
Hi Brian, Eric, Dave and Esquare... 

Good idea with the pill box Brian.  Right now I have the box AND the Atripla by my bed.  I am a little paranoid until I form a routine.  Not much to report tonight.  No stomach problems at all (not that I expected any).  Feel a little foggy, but went to work- 2 very stressful meetings, however I blamed being exhausted from a big project and maybe getting a cold.  I am also taking Entex LA for allergies/sinus, which can make you dizzy, etc., but overall doing rather well! 

I imagine others would share this feeling, but I am actually looking forward to taking my pill tonight, because I feel like it is, or more importantly, I AM DOING something.  There is some novelty effect here I suppose as well.

I plan on taking my dose around 11-12 at night cuz I like to be up a little late.  I am sure if it is bad to vary by an hour or so each day, someone will let me know?

I imagine that most of the reporting on the forums is when someone has a problem, etc., but so far I am feeling very good about all of this...

Kindest,
Drew

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2006, 06:40:18 PM »

Andrew,

I'm glad to hear you're doing well.  It should only get easier.  Great news!

brian

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2006, 10:42:28 PM »
Dear friends,

Been feeling distant as I deal with starting meds, a lot to absorb, however at day 13 on Atripla it is pretty anticlimactic.  Had some dizzy/foggy mornings (seem to be gone now) the first few days and don't feel like I am sleeping so well, however my job has been very busy, which tends to contribute to sleeping problems.  Nothing some handy sleeping pills can't help with until my sides paranoia subsides...  I am feeling a little fatigued, but I am going to take it easy after mid-term exams.  All in all it is been pretty uneventful.  I am hoping it continues to go this way!

No vivid dreams :(  But I think there is too much competition from my waking life (I have some huge accomplishments recently.)

I am the new healthier Drew (??) slowly emerging from his shell!

With love and support,
Drew

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2006, 11:18:48 PM »
Good stuff. If you really want to have some dreams, try a midnight snack with something fatty. Then again, why try to fix what ain't broken ;)  I'm sure you've a sufficiently fertile imagination to forego the snack.

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Re: One pill a day...
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2006, 12:19:07 AM »

Drew,

Glad to hear it's going well.  I didn't get the dreams either.  I figure you're right about the waking world...tis enough.

take care,
brian


 


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