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Offline dontdrytearswithoutgloves

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« on: October 11, 2012, 02:12:43 PM »
Hi everyone,

I'm 24 years old and I was diagnosed in June 2012. I started Atripla in the beginning of September but only took it for 10 days. I had to stop because I got a really bad skin rash all over my body that only got worse and not even cortizone pills helped.
I went to see my doctor today and she prescribed me Complera/Eviplera. I just took my first pill an hour ago and I'm so scared I'm gonna react bad again.
I know that efavirenz and rilpivirin are similar substances with similar side effects and that rash is common.
Everytime I see my doctor it feels like I know more than her; I suggested Atripla the first time. I also suggested Complera/Eviplera today and was debating with her whether Truvada+Norvir+Reyataz would be better since I've heard it's one of the milder treatments and I am allergic to a lot of things normally and have been all my life. But it was just like last time; a monologue with myself where I decided I wanted Complera/Eviplera.
I'm so worried that I might be allergic to all existing medications. I am also still trying to understand and deal with the fact that I am HIV +. I've been really depressed lately so my doctor suggested that I would only work 50% this month and she also put me on antidepressants. I've never felt more lonely in my entire life.

...I just wanted to share my story  :)


Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: scared
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2012, 02:28:04 PM »
A small amount off patients get a wretched rash from the sustiva component of atripla -- this is well documented and your doctor should have forewarned you. Just because you were one of the unfortunate few with that does not, in any way, indicate you will have similar issues with other HIV medications. Try and relax now that you've started your second attempt (easier said than done I know) as it's only going to cause you extra depression and anxiety.
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Offline lostinthecorn

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Re: scared
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2012, 06:35:25 PM »
First... >BIG HUG<

I'm new here and to being + as well but just wanted to say, you will be ok!  I've had a rash too but I'm not sure if it's from the HIV drugs or the Bactrim, but it has subsided in the course of about 2 weeks - hopefully if you do get one from the new meds it will go away like mine did!

I know it's hard but my doc gave me some great advice for dealing with things... don't try to change your diet or exercise routine, instead do things for yourself at least sometimes - eat your favorite comfort foods, watch a funny/favorite movie, do things that you enjoy, try to stay active - don't lay in bed all day!  As for the lonely part... me too, feel free to send me a message if you're feeling down, always great to make a new friend :)
1/2014 - CD4 446 | HIV VL 157 (i was sick that week too!)
11/2013 - changed from Atripla to Complera (not from CD4 drop, because Sustiva makes me crazy!)
10/2013 - CD4 214 VL UD
9/2013 - CD4 276 VL UD
7/2013 - CD4 367 VL UD
4/8/13 - CD4 288/23% | HIV VL UD! | HBV VL 86
1/15/13 - CD4 239/21% | HIV VL 43 | HBV VL 2800
11/15/12 - VL 1,100 :)
10/27/12 - Switch to Atripla
10/15/12 - Changed from Bactrim to Dapsone
9/25/12 - Diag HBV+, CD4 49 CD4% 13.8  VL 1.2Mil
(started Norvir, Prezista, Truvada + Bactrim + Fluconazole)
9/21/12 - Diag HIV+

Offline synergyhomepage

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Re: scared
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2012, 09:47:26 AM »
The Truvada+Norvir+Reyataz was almost unnoticable when i was on it 5 years ago, I am now on Truvada/Issentress and it is also not to severe in it side effects, I am managing them.

  I dont know where you are located, Im in Oregon and my doctor is awesome.  I dont have anything bad to say about him,  it makes me feel confident in my treatment.  Just tell them everything that is bothering you, there is usually a reason.  If you aren't confident w your dr you might see if you have a different choice.

  Your relationship with this Medical  Professional is going to become a friendship and with his knowledge you can live a normally long life,  well almost normal, anyhow welcome.

Poz in 1994
Aids in 2005

The same could be said with all of your circle of support.

Offline marcia89

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Re: scared
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2012, 08:13:34 PM »
hi everyone!
I am not new to this and I understand your anxiety.i was diaganosed early 90's and the one thing I can tell you is life does go on.I found out in November, of course all Christmas gifts were mementos so I could be remembered.  Well almost 23 years later still here, still healthy and plan to be here for a while. It is important to have a doctor you feel comfortable with, then live just as you have diabetes.It really is no different than having a illness, that needs to be monitored.  i used to think the numbers were everything,and let ME tell you it is not.I take atripla and have had no raction, so people do ,some not.There are so many drugs, it is trial and error, you will find yours, make take time but you will.And the last thing to do is stress, it will kill you faster than hiv,I am positive,have been for 23 years and cd4 is 2399.

Offline Souledout

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Re: scared
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2012, 04:27:31 AM »
Sorry to go off topic but your CD4 is 2399? That's amazing. I didn't know it ever went that high let alone in someone with HIV!

Good luck with the medication, I kinda have a similar concern to you for when I start mine - I'm allergic to loads if things and can see myself reacting through skin rash as well. Currently suffering from a rash from eating a samosa so no idea what meds will do. Listen to what people with more experience have said though, they'd know their stuff and try to relax.
Infection sometime April-August, no noticable seroconversion symptoms
Not currently on medication
13/09/12 CD4 672 (33%) VL <40 (diagnosis date)
18/09/12 CD4 ?               VL 43
27/09/12 CD4 ?               VL 127
19/11/12 CD4 676 (38%) VL 959
03/03/13 CD4 642 (32%) VL 291
04/07/13 CD4 791 (33%) VL 26,437 (active cold sore, tooth infection)
18/07/13 ------retest------VL 3704
18/11/13 CD4 802 (36%) VL 65


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