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Offline pinkadam

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Cannot Sleep
« on: November 30, 2006, 08:55:29 AM »
Happy holidays !!!

I was on HIV medication( sustiva and truvada) from two months. My body responded very well to the medication. My Tcell improoved to 198 from 57(two months back) and VL undectable from 70000.
I take my medication every evening before dinner. I used fell sleep after my dinner and wake up in the morning very fresh and energetic. I used to be amazed by my energy all day.
But lately i cannot sleep. I barely sleep two hours a day. I feel very tired and stopped going to gym too.
Did any one experience this side effect !!!!
What should i do to get good sleep at night !!!!

With love to all of you

Offline gerry

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Re: Cannot Sleep
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2006, 02:58:54 AM »

It's most likely the Sustiva causing this side effect.  There is a section in the Lessons part here that contains some Tips on taking Sustiva.  You can work with your doctor regarding this.  If it still remains a problem, a change in medication might be in order, such as using Viramune instead of Sustiva.


Offline aupointillimite

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Re: Cannot Sleep
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2006, 04:54:01 PM »
I just started Atripla, and my doctor told me that Sustiva causing insomnia is not unheard of.  She said if it happens to me to take it during the day and coffee (if you do caffiene) can help with the woozy side effects a bit.

Of course, you should most def talk to your doc about it... but since I'm already a night person/insomniac... I anticipate having that trouble.

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Offline antibody

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Re: Cannot Sleep
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2006, 04:19:27 PM »
I started Atripla in July and have no trouble falling a sleep. i take Trazodone and the Atripla at bed time and it knocks me right out but i will end up waking up around 3 or 4 and tossing around till about 6 when i cant take the punishment anymore. i think after the Trazodone wears off the Sustiva dreams kick in and wake me up every 5 minutes.  >:( it totally sucks. i am on ADAP and they don't cover anything better for sleep.
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Cannot Sleep
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2006, 12:50:15 PM »
Pink, that was the only side effects I had with Sustiva, not being able to get a good nights rest. I was given Ambien, then on top of that given Trazodone. That didn't help. She put me on lexapro and that has worked.

Offline gurtzie

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Re: Cannot Sleep
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2006, 09:43:09 AM »
guess what same here but i was on like 9months or more my t-cells doubled on it but i could not take the not sleeping didn't get better so my doc. took be off it and now on virimune t-cells have stayed up the same on it so very happy now but still take pm's at night last night i tired not to take them so going to give that a try hope i can get back to sleeping right......


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