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Author Topic: Ending my relationship with Atripla  (Read 482 times)

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Offline bufguy

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Ending my relationship with Atripla
« on: December 07, 2018, 09:19:31 am »
After over ten years of Atripla my doctor and I have decided to switch to a new med. Although Atripla has been a wonder drug for me and has kept me consistently undetectable with a CD4 of over 1000 I found out that my provider no longer supports it. A similar formulation is available in in Symflo but I thought it might be time for a new formulation. I never seemed to have the side effects that some people had with with efavirenz in Atripla and TDF which is is associated with some  kidney and bne issues. I have been diagnosed with mild osteopaenia.
After some research and discussion I've decided to give Biktarvy a try. It has the new TAF formulation, its a recommended drug by the IHS and side effects are supposedly few.
5/29/08 confirmed HIV+
6/23/08 Vl 47500  CD4 511/29% CD8 .60
start atripla
8/1/08 Vl 130  CD4 667/31% CD8 .70
9/18/08 Vl un  CD4 not tested
12/19/08 Vl un CD4 723/32% CD8 .80
4/3/09 Vl un CD4 615/36% CD8  .98
8/7/09 vl un CD4 689/35% CD8 .9
12/11/09 vl un CD4 712/38% CD8 .89
4/9/10 vl un CD4 796/39% CD8 1.0
8/20/10 vl un CD4 787/38% CD8 1.0
4/6/10 vl un CD4 865/35% CD8 .9
8/16/10 vl un CD4 924/37% CD8 1.0
12/23/10 vl un CD4 1006/35% CD8 .9
5/2/10 vl un CD4 1040/39% CD8 .9
8/7/13 vl un CD4 840/39% CD8 .
11/29/18 vl un CD4 1080/39% CD8  .86

Offline Brad711

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Re: Ending my relationship with Atripla
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2018, 03:14:36 pm »
let me guess... UnitedHealthCare?   I'm in the same boat.  I'm meeting my doctor next week and have been thinking about making the switch to Juluca.

Offline bufguy

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Re: Ending my relationship with Atripla
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 01:42:38 pm »
Strongly considered Juluca as I liked it had only two drugs. Less is more. However it also requires food be taken with it. Always liked the freedom Atripla gave me of not having to worry about a meal. Biktarvy has no food restrictions either
5/29/08 confirmed HIV+
6/23/08 Vl 47500  CD4 511/29% CD8 .60
start atripla
8/1/08 Vl 130  CD4 667/31% CD8 .70
9/18/08 Vl un  CD4 not tested
12/19/08 Vl un CD4 723/32% CD8 .80
4/3/09 Vl un CD4 615/36% CD8  .98
8/7/09 vl un CD4 689/35% CD8 .9
12/11/09 vl un CD4 712/38% CD8 .89
4/9/10 vl un CD4 796/39% CD8 1.0
8/20/10 vl un CD4 787/38% CD8 1.0
4/6/10 vl un CD4 865/35% CD8 .9
8/16/10 vl un CD4 924/37% CD8 1.0
12/23/10 vl un CD4 1006/35% CD8 .9
5/2/10 vl un CD4 1040/39% CD8 .9
8/7/13 vl un CD4 840/39% CD8 .
11/29/18 vl un CD4 1080/39% CD8  .86

Offline LeftyBowler300

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Re: Ending my relationship with Atripla
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2018, 04:58:24 pm »
10 years on the same treatment is amazing. I guess if you "have" to fix something not broken, it's better to do it with new improved and top of the line stuff.

I wouldn't mind switching to Biktarvy from Genvoya to gain more freedom from potential drug interactions and food requirements.
Apr 1, 2017 DX - CD4 8 , VL 820,000
OI's: Disseminated Histoplasmosis, Thrush, PCP
Apr 17, 2017 started Genvoya, Bactrim, Sporanox, Azitrhomycin
Jun 9, 2017 - CD4 42 (3%) , VL 100
Jul 17, 2017 - CD4 57 (4%) , VL 53
Sep 16, 2017 - CD4 57 (4%) , VL 130 - Ugh... wtf
Oct 20, 2017 - CD4 63 (5%) , VL 100
Dec 1, 2017 - CD4 56 (3%) , VL <20
Mar 15, 2018 - CD4 73 (5%) , VL <20
Nov 5, 2018 - CD4 104 (7%), UD
Jan 26, 2019 diagnosed with HIV-associated DLBCL with 6cm mass near liver and abdominal fatty tissue involvement
Jan 27, 2019 started R-EPOCH 6 day cycle every 21 days.
Challenge Accepted.

 


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