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Author Topic: Did I ruin my meds!?  (Read 1236 times)

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Offline fzdst08

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Did I ruin my meds!?
« on: June 22, 2014, 09:35:25 AM »
This question has me going crazy with anxiety lol. Stupidly the other day I left my Stribild bottle next to my scentsy burner, which can get fairly hot. When I got home from work I realized I had left the burner on with my meds next to it. I immediately checked the bottle and the side that was next to the burner was warm in that specific spot on the outside of the bottle. I did take out the pills and inspect them. They looked fine; there were no discolorations or noticeable changes. Also the actual inside of the bottle was cool to the touch versus the outside being warm.

What do ya'll believe the likelihood of this affecting my medication was or is; should I get a refill? It has been a couple of days and I've been taking them as I normally do but I seem to feel less side effects specifically less gas in the mornings. This makes me wonder if it is because the meds were altered in some way or maybe I'm just being my usual neurotic self  :o and my body is just adjusting to the medication. Any wisdom when it comes to this is much appreciated!

If it helps let's say I was gone to work for 6-8 hrs and that was the time of exposure to the heat. Also I have been on meds for about two weeks!


04/21/14 Diagnosed
05/08/14 VL 90,843:CD4 20
05/27/14 VL 54,200
06/10/14 Started Stribild
08/11/14 VL UD:CD4 87

Offline mecch

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Re: Did I ruin my meds!?
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2014, 09:46:01 AM »
I think you should ask this question to a pharmacist for a professional opinion. And in the meantime of course take the meds you have.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline fzdst08

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Re: Did I ruin my meds!?
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2014, 11:48:19 AM »
Thanks Mecch.

I did contact a pharmacist. They basically said that it should be fine. They said that they do heat tests on the pills in which they put them in conditions over ideal storage temperatures for five days. He gave me the exact figures but I didn't notate them. It was a range of 30 to 60% decreased effectiveness after the fifth day. He said that with the limited exposure it would only be a 5% decrease if any and I should continue to use this batch.

However he did tell me to contact Gilead and see what they say and if they have more detailed results of heat depreciation to the meds!

Still has me worried though. I don't want to build a resistance from this incident. Honestly though I just need to take solace in the professionals opinion and move on lol!

One, two, three go! Lol.
04/21/14 Diagnosed
05/08/14 VL 90,843:CD4 20
05/27/14 VL 54,200
06/10/14 Started Stribild
08/11/14 VL UD:CD4 87


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