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Author Topic: Start Medication - Question  (Read 1679 times)

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Offline david7973

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Start Medication - Question
« on: August 12, 2014, 03:54:39 PM »

I have to start this week medication.
My CD4 is around 250th
I get truvada, darunavir, Norvir.
Are these drugs a good choice?  ???

Thank you very much for Answer


Offline intaglio

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Re: Start Medication - Question
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2014, 09:07:44 PM »
The choice of meds is best determined by your doctor.

Your doc takes into account the particular strain of HIV you have, your personal allergies and what's the best therapy at the moment.

You've got a good combo there. Keep working with your doc. Let them know if you have any concerns or issues.

Reality is frequently inaccurate.

Offline Reggie

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Re: Start Medication - Question
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2014, 11:41:04 PM »
Your meds are generally well tolerated , good luck with your treatment, sure you will do well.

My Doctors mentioned changing one of the meds I'm taking efavirenz to the darunavir you will be on due to some CNS side effects I'm having so will be interested to hear how your doing.

Remember the first few days will be when have the most effects if any as your body adapts, again this is an effective and well tolerated combo so don't worry too much.



Offline david7973

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Re: Start Medication - Question
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2014, 04:25:14 PM »

in some Topics i read this :
 Long term toxicities, side effets, resistance, and especially comorbidities (high risks of cancer, etc) are the bad aspects of current therapy. That's why an HIV Cure is such a priority.
Is really the Risk of new Medication so hi?
I will start now with truvada, darunavir, Norvir.

Maybe is better not so much reading ? :) :(

Offline david7973

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Re: Start Medication - Question
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2014, 04:25:58 PM »
Thank you very much...

i hope that i will not feel much side effects....

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Start Medication - Question
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2014, 05:25:53 PM »
Hi David and welcome to the forum . I merged your new thread on the same subject into one . If you keep all of your questions and concerns about starting meds in one thread it will be easy to follow and you can see all your reply's in one place . 
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Offline leatherman

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Re: Start Medication - Question
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2014, 05:47:54 PM »
Maybe is better not so much reading ? :) :(
reading is good; but you have to read the right things.  ;)

Start by googling the name of each med and the words "package insert" (like "norvir package insert"). You'll see long term side effects are rare (<2%) and many are not "toxic". You'll see that side effects are often short term, mild, and fairly rare (<10%). Meds today are NOT the meds from 2000. They are more effective with fewer side effects affecting fewer people. It sounds like you've been reading too much OLD information. The meds of 2015 are not the meds of the 90s, and you really shouldn't be troubled about taking them.

resistance is something that mostly happens when someone is not adherent to meds. if you take your meds sporadically (off and on), the level of med in your system can drop so low that HIV can adapt (mutate, learn resistance) to your meds. However, as long as you keep taking your meds properly, resistance is a non-issue that shouldn't even trouble you.

The cure is a priority so that the spread of HIV is stopped and that those already infected will no longer have to take daily meds and be able to live a healthy life without HIV. While the cure will certainly stop positive people from having to deal with med side effects, that is not a priority for finding the cure. Of course, we all hope for the cure; but the meds have come a long ways and often help pozzies live a "normal" life with a "normal" lifespan.
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