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Author Topic: First results after starting treatment  (Read 1664 times)

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Offline Isma95

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First results after starting treatment
« on: March 10, 2019, 09:02:21 am »
Hello everyone

I wanted to share with you my first labs after starting antiretroviral treatment in November (Prezcobix+Truvada).

I am satisfied with my treatment given that my viral load became undetectable and my CD4 count has increased a lot :) I also feel much better than I used to before starting treatment: my headaches, the feeling of being tired all the time and my swollen lymph nodes went away pretty fast.

However, I still have some side effects from treatment which I expected to disappear sooner (I've been on it for more than 4 months): those include gastrointestinal discomfort and weird and vivid dreams (about 4-5 times a week) which are sometimes very disturbing.

I'm visiting my doctor on Tuesday and I am going to ask him whether I should switch meds, but I'm afraid in case others are not as effective or have worse side effects.

If another treatment is possible for me, would you recommend me change it or keep it as it is now?
10/15/2018 - Tested HIV+
10/18/2018 - HIV+ Confirmed
10/22/2018 - VL 126,500; CD4 294 (15%); CD4/CD8 47%
11/06/2018 - VL 104,400; CD4 396 (18%); CD4/CD8 46%
-> Started treatment with Prezcobix+truvada
02/26/2019 - VL UD; CD4 675 (25%); CD4/CD8 81%
-> 04/09/2019 Switched to Tivicay+Lamivudine (now same meds in Dovato)
09/12/2019 - VL UD; CD4 966 (23%); CD4/CD8 89%
06/15/2020 - VL UD; CD4 1470 (30%); CD4/CD8 115%

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Re: First results after starting treatment
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2019, 09:26:59 am »

Great update and excellent initial results!  :)

As for the vivid dreams etc, its only a few months in but, end of the day if it does not settle down or you can't live with it than talk to your doctor. Same for the gastrointestinal discomfort? but do check that with your doctor, plenty of bugs/parasites can give problems for longer and it should be reported checked.

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Offline SFlSurvive

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Re: First results after starting treatment
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2019, 12:41:51 pm »
Congratulations! I am glad to hear you are making progress and you sound very happy! I had a few vivid dreams, which I don't if it came from my nicotine withdrawals or the medicine, however they went away after a few months! Keep up the good work and way to kick HIV's ass! LOL
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Offline harleymc

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Re: First results after starting treatment
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2019, 11:36:27 pm »
Congratulations. Partay!

With the stomach / gut upsets, there are a whole heap of possible causes, not just medications.This may take a while to sort out. 

I had what I thought was a chronic gut infection, turned out after testing, keeping a diary and eliminating then reintroducing foods over and over, that for me milk was a culprit, but I never would have worked that out just by myself.

Good luck with everyting


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