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Offline Will2015

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Treatment change
« on: December 14, 2018, 04:04:36 am »
Hi, I want to change my treatment mainly because it's an old one and it has caused me some side effects like high lipids and every now and then I feel like I have no energy plus efavirenz from Stocrin still makes me feel I'm drunk every night before bed... Also it seems that my bottom keeps on shrinking and shrinking, I know it sounds funny to think about that but I think it may be a case of lipodistrophy, maybe .

I've been poz for 3 years and since then I've been taking only Combivir and Stocrin, UD with Cd4s around 800-900. I take them every day with 99% adherence.

I would like to present at least three options to my doctor. So far all I think about is Genvoya. Can you please suggest some other options? Or tell me if Genvoya it's not ok if that's the case...

Thank you! :)

Offline Jackmydin

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Re: Treatment change
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2018, 07:24:57 am »
Hi will,

Just curious tho, do you think it's efavirenz that's causing lipodistrophy? I'm having efavirenz too, about 1 year with it and I get what you mean the drunk sensation every night. I'm getting a little light headed every time 2 hours after taking pills. I reckon that's the time the pill start digest in stomach and run through the blood.

Offline Will2015

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Re: Treatment change
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2018, 07:33:41 am »
Hi, I honestly have no idea... My bet would be on Combivir as it's a much older drug that contains epivir and a doctor at one point mentioned that's something that must be changed... Yeah, I feel 100% just like you with the "drunk" feeling... It's not that bad but day after day after day it becomes annoying....

Offline MarkintheDark

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Re: Treatment change
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2018, 11:20:33 am »
I'll toss in my two bits, fwiw.  I was in a blind Stribild/Genvoya study for several years.  I'm 26 years poz.  Turns out I was on the Genvoya.  Had no problems, save vivid dreams (which I actually miss now that I've changed treatments to be in another study).  Good luck!
HIV dx - 02/93
AIDS dx - 07/01
Rilpivirine/Cabotegravir guinea pig since 01/17

Offline Azrael2012

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Re: Treatment change
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2019, 06:45:04 pm »
Hi Guys,
I've just seen the his tread and I can identify with the "drunk" feeling p, and it's about 2hra after I take the Efavirenz (I've been on this about 2yrs) due to Atripla being withdrawn in the UK and broken into Truvada and Efavirenz p, then I switched to Descovy and Efavirenz. I began noticing a severe loss of my muscle in my backside, and an increase in fat around my lower back area to the point that my jean, trousers p,underwear etc is falling down and it looks weird. I'm beginning to look like an inverted her glass shape. I hate it and my Consultant decided to change me to a new combo of Efavirenz and Abacvir, I take both meds at bedtime to combat the awful sickness and dizzy drunk sensation, when I was on atripla I lost weight and looked healthy. I could eat and drink what I wanted and remained healthy. I'm due back in 2 weeks to see how I get on and my Consultant said if I was having probs I could re,I've the Efavirenz component. We shall see how I get on. I want that back fat gone asap and my Cd4 to remain good and UD. I've also got severe epilepsy and have seizures daily. I've got crohns and a prolapsed mucosal wall, as well as needing both knees replaced due to arthritis. I need rubbed out and redrawn tbh.
I'm fed up but I'm coping ok I guess.
I will feel better once I see a change I guess. I'm 12 yrs poz this year and here's hoping il get good news in a few weeks.
I will post agin if anyone is interested in hearing how I get on.


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