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Author Topic: Bictarvy  (Read 1366 times)

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Offline MadDog125

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Bictarvy
« on: May 29, 2019, 11:31:00 am »
My new ID is swapping the drug regiment from tivicay, descovy, to bictarvy.   After 18 months I've been happy with the no noticeable side effects.  Short of the different integrase inhibitor the rest is the same.  Anyone had the the same swap?  Any side effects or changes?
DX 28DEC17, cd4 112, VC 63000
13FEB18, cd4 215, VC 156
14MAY18, cd4 260, VC 31
23AUG18, cd4 298, VC 61
03OCT18, cd4 300, VC 35
21NOV18, cd4 259, VC <20
18JAN19, cd4 284, VC 24
17APR19, cd4 157, VC <20
24MAY19, cd4 340, VC <20
12AUG19, cd4 304, VC 51

Offline harleymc

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 10:55:48 pm »
I can't remember what I swapped from except it needed food, been orn Biktarvy now 3 months, easy as, no side effects and can take it with or without food.   Happy Camper

Offline Scaredandnervous

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 10:51:06 pm »
I switched from Truvada & Tivicay to Biktarvy about 6 months ago. I had the same hesitation as you- why fix what isnít broken?

Biktarvy, just like T & T, has had 0 side effects and there is absolutely no noticeable differences.

Going from 2 pills per day to 1 (oddly) makes a big difference mentally!

Hope this helps.

Offline geobee

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2019, 03:01:02 pm »
Had exactly the same switch .... new, small, once a day -- works great.

Offline JosephP

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 08:52:24 pm »
My new ID is swapping the drug regiment from tivicay, descovy, to bictarvy.   After 18 months I've been happy with the no noticeable side effects.  Short of the different integrase inhibitor the rest is the same.  Anyone had the the same swap?  Any side effects or changes?

Been on Biktarvy now a bit under a year. Switched from Genvoya to which I had switched from Stribild.. No side effects with any of them... ;) ;)
We are all dealing with this. And we will live long and productive lives!! AND, yes the Lord is my shepherd. Life is good... And thanks for the meds!

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2019, 08:07:45 pm »
 :)
Wishing good results for all those starting on Biktarvy.  I decided on a switch from Triumeq to Bitarvy, And just took my first one, 2 hours ago. The switch to Biktarvy was my choice after having a decision with my doctor. I also had no problem with Triumeq, after being on it for 15 months.  I basically just wanted to get away from Abacavir.

My next labs on the new med will be on 8/28/19

Ray  8)
« Last Edit: July 15, 2019, 08:09:50 pm by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Biktarvy, 10mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 8/28/19

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 10/16/19,  Viral load remains <40

CD 4 @577 /  CD4 % @ 17 %

  
 67 years young.

Offline bufguy

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2019, 09:01:28 am »
I switched from 11 years of Atripla to Biktarvy about 6 months ago....Change was seamless, no problems....I chose Biktarvy as it has no food restrictions or requirements
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 MadDog125

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2019, 10:44:10 am »
For me it was the new Drs. Recommendation.   It's been a couple weeks aside from very mild stomach discomfort no differance.   Next blood check is late August.  Thanks for everyone who responded.  Since this whole thing started it really helps me to hear from people who have been there and done that.
DX 28DEC17, cd4 112, VC 63000
13FEB18, cd4 215, VC 156
14MAY18, cd4 260, VC 31
23AUG18, cd4 298, VC 61
03OCT18, cd4 300, VC 35
21NOV18, cd4 259, VC <20
18JAN19, cd4 284, VC 24
17APR19, cd4 157, VC <20
24MAY19, cd4 340, VC <20
12AUG19, cd4 304, VC 51

Offline initforlife

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2019, 07:19:50 pm »
I have been on bictary  for three weeks now. Dr switch me off triumeqic said it cause heart problems! Thanks for the info after the fact!  I had a total knee replacement the last of June found out in recovery I have a heart problem call Afib nope didn't know I had it...never noticed anything different. Any so go to my reg I'd Dr appointment and that's when she inform me I needed to switch meds because of my heart ! So now I wonder how long I will be on this one before they find out it causes something else..least I'm alive with meds so we carry on ...Oh only thing I noticed is insomnia on bictary but I'm sure it will get better in time!   Sorry for all the spelling errors.lol nope not gona fix them..that's just how I am !
« Last Edit: August 09, 2019, 07:22:53 pm by initforlife »
sometimes it is best to say nothing at all. then to offend

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2019, 07:56:53 pm »
I have been on bictary  for three weeks now. Dr switch me off triumeqic said it cause heart problems!


I've been on Bictarvy for 25 days now.  So far so good.  The discussion you had with your doctor sounds somewhat similar to mine.  I think the jury is still out about Triumeq and heart issues.( Or at least there are conflicting reports) I believe I wrote something about this in the LTS forum. The issue with my heart wasn't AFIB, it was a defective Mitral valve.

Check out reply (post) number 9 in this thread

https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=71347.0

I did manage to get myself a cold last Friday, but am doing much better now and almost back to normal.


Good luck---Ray
« Last Edit: August 09, 2019, 08:03:10 pm by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Biktarvy, 10mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 8/28/19

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 10/16/19,  Viral load remains <40

CD 4 @577 /  CD4 % @ 17 %

  
 67 years young.

Offline initforlife

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Re: Bictarvy
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2019, 02:02:16 pm »
Thanks for the info. I had not heard anything about triumeq causing heart problems until my Dr mentioned it ..My first thought when my Dr suggested the change was OK new drug out so drs will be pushing this because pharmaceutical companies are most likely giving them kick backs..so I agreed to try it ,plus much smaller pill. Anyway so far so good all but insomnia which is nothing new when starting a new HIV drug..I was on triumeq for four years goodbye lol nice knowing you even if it was a love hate relationship lol y'all have a great weekend!
sometimes it is best to say nothing at all. then to offend

 


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