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Author Topic: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?  (Read 4957 times)

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Offline Callaway

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Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« on: November 27, 2012, 11:31:44 PM »
Truvada and Isentress are the first drugs for HIV I've been on since April 2012 and just wondering if fatigue is a side effect anyone else has experienced?  I seem to be more tired than usual since I started medications are rarely feel fully rested even with adequate sleep.  My GP said he had to be on them for HIV+ blood exposure once as preventative measure and he recalls them 'knocking me flat on my ass' and making him really tired.  Can anyone else relate?

Offline jb1973

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Re: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012, 01:43:45 PM »
Hell yes. I've battled fatigue for a few years now and it seems to get a little worse with the meds. BUT, I think my fatigue is due more to my sedentary lifestyle. If I ever get offs lazy ass and exercise, I guess I would know for sure.
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Re: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012, 02:17:38 PM »
In all the years that I have been poz the complaint of fatigue has been an issue for me and one of the most often voiced complaints about living with HIV I have heard over the years . Its also a complaint that I can only remember but a few who ever got a definitive answer as to why they were having the issue , it seems to go hand and hand with living with HIV .

My statement doesn't seem very helpful until you stop and think about it . It seems to me the best way to deal with fatigue in the absence of a definitive medical diagnosis other than HIV is to try and do all the things you can to help yourself feel better . Its just common sense things like getting the proper amount of rest , watching what you eat and not becoming a couch potato . These things help me somewhat and I have good days and bad ones with the fatigue no matter what I do . I'm certainly not suggesting you shouldn't talk to your doctor about it though . 
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Offline Newguy

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Re: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012, 04:10:11 PM »
I am on Truvada and Isentress and have zero fatigue. Actually quite the opposite, I feel totally energized since I started treatment one month ago.

Offline Callaway

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Re: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 09:10:31 PM »
Thanks all for your responses....sounds like it's quite an individual experience for everyone.  I have reported this to my doctor however no real suggestions on how to deal with it were made.  I think I just need to take care of myself as was suggested with adequate rest, nutrition and exercise to the best of my ability.

Offline Newguy

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Re: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 11:14:47 PM »
Hi All

Keep in mind fatigue is a tricky one to untangle when it comes to HIV infection. Many people regardless of HIV infection complain about "being tired all the time." I don't know if more people with HIV actually suffer more fatigue then people without. Of course, the psychologically weight of being infected with HIV can be draining and this might have an effect possibly? I don't know, more research needs to be done on this.,

Offline Anqueetas

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Re: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 11:56:54 PM »
Fatigue in HIV-neg is multi-factor already, it get more complicate for pos.

I suggest you do a full body check-up, all vital, hormone etc. to make sure that is not from that first and change your life style. If the condition persist try changing your med to sees if it help, id it is the med you will notice it with a week after switching.

Some time hormonal imbalance can cause fatigue so make sure you check all of that to sure about it, poz can have low sex hormone especially testosterone.

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Offline osomenor

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Re: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2012, 01:01:49 PM »
I am experiencing the fatigue now. Like other, I feel that I can get enough rest. Lately while battling a bad case of the flu I have been even more run down. I have been using B Complex suppliments to boost my energy, as well as exercise, but I am feeling more drained. There are times when it is all I can do to leave the house to go to work and when I am there I am having to chug coffee lest I fall asleep while completing applications for the clients I am working with.

Offline allin

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Re: Truvada and Isentress fatigue?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2012, 06:02:38 PM »
Long term meds. user here. I've been on meds for nearly 20 years. Several combinations. Norvir, Truvada, Isentress, Lexiva & others. For the last 6 years I've complained of "No energy" and gained weight too. Always felt tired since exposure 30 years ago! No greater while on Isentress/Truvada. Hope this has helped some. Note- I too am experiencing body hair loss. UCONN Derma Fellow explains that it's due to my body shutting down some least "Needed" systems?


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