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Author Topic: Anyone taking Juluca?  (Read 481 times)

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Offline awakening

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Anyone taking Juluca?
« on: April 03, 2018, 12:50:56 am »
My doc is recommending a switch to the two-drug combo Juluca which was recently approved in the US. Wants to move me away from Abacavir. Any members have experience with it yet to share?
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[month/date/year]
3/1/16: Tested neg (Oral swab)
6/17/16: Diagnosed poz (finger prick), confirmed w/Multispot assay
6/17/16: VL 22,900, CD4 - 524 cells/uL (30%)
7/2/16: Started Triumeq
8/1/16: VL 30
10/4/16: VL <20, CD4 - 630 (31%)
1/4/17: VL 90
2/7/17: Undetected
4/17/17: Undetected, CD4 - 695 (33%)
7/20/17: VL 75
8/21/17: VL <20
11/27/17: VL<20
3/26/18: VL<20, CD4 - 701 (36%)
5/14/18: Switch to Juluca

Offline awakening

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Re: Anyone taking Juluca?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 10:14:17 am »
After almost 2 years on Triumeq I started taking Juluca today (Dolutegravir + Rilpivirine). I was tolerating Triumeq well other than some skin sensitivity and occasional hive-like rashes that are short lived (10 minutes or so). My ID doc wanted to get me away from Abacavir and also move in the direction of fewer drugs. So with Juluca I keep the Dolutegravir and replace the Abacavir/Lamivudine with Rilpivirine.

The clinicial studies found Juluca non-inferior, but it still feels a little scary adding a new medicine to the mix with the possibility of experiencing new side effects and trusting the research that shows that it's possible to maintain suppression without developing resistance with only two drugs. I will update the thread as to how it goes.

Felt a little buzzy within the first few hours of taking it, but I recall a similar feeling early on with Triumeq. It's certainly a much smaller pill. Amazing to think that this little 75mg pill can keep the virus at bay.
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[month/date/year]
3/1/16: Tested neg (Oral swab)
6/17/16: Diagnosed poz (finger prick), confirmed w/Multispot assay
6/17/16: VL 22,900, CD4 - 524 cells/uL (30%)
7/2/16: Started Triumeq
8/1/16: VL 30
10/4/16: VL <20, CD4 - 630 (31%)
1/4/17: VL 90
2/7/17: Undetected
4/17/17: Undetected, CD4 - 695 (33%)
7/20/17: VL 75
8/21/17: VL <20
11/27/17: VL<20
3/26/18: VL<20, CD4 - 701 (36%)
5/14/18: Switch to Juluca

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Re: Anyone taking Juluca?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 11:03:02 am »
Cool update and I think its common to have jitters when finally switching.
Do keep us posted, wishing you all the best and hope the dizziness is just excitement or initial settling in.

Jim

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Re: Anyone taking Juluca?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 09:49:28 am »
Day 3 on Juluca.  No noticeable side effects.  Will get blood work after four weeks to make sure itís working properly.
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[month/date/year]
3/1/16: Tested neg (Oral swab)
6/17/16: Diagnosed poz (finger prick), confirmed w/Multispot assay
6/17/16: VL 22,900, CD4 - 524 cells/uL (30%)
7/2/16: Started Triumeq
8/1/16: VL 30
10/4/16: VL <20, CD4 - 630 (31%)
1/4/17: VL 90
2/7/17: Undetected
4/17/17: Undetected, CD4 - 695 (33%)
7/20/17: VL 75
8/21/17: VL <20
11/27/17: VL<20
3/26/18: VL<20, CD4 - 701 (36%)
5/14/18: Switch to Juluca

 


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