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Author Topic: Switched to Dovato  (Read 1078 times)

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Offline bocker3

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Switched to Dovato
« on: February 25, 2020, 09:59:54 am »
Well, after more than 14 years taking Sustiva, Truvada/Descovy, Reyataz and Norvir, I made the switch this past December to Dovato?
Why?  I really wanted an easier regimen.  Having to take the Reyataz/Norvir with food in the morning and the Sustiva/Descovy at night without food, was just starting to annoy me. 
Plus -- taking only 2 different meds with Dovato vs. 5 with with the old seemed like a good idea.
Just had my first set of labs since switching -- Still UD and my CD4 was 942, so everything seems to be working just fine.
To be clear -- I had no physical issues with my old meds -- I know Sustiva is very tough for some folks, fortunately, I was not one of those.  The switch, for me, was more about convenience and fewer medicines

Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
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Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2015 969/28% <20

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Re: Switched to Dovato
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2020, 12:11:42 pm »
Hi Mike,

Glad the switch is working out for you. I've considered the move myself to Dovato but decided to wait until I hit 40

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Offline PittGurl

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Re: Switched to Dovato
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2020, 09:56:11 pm »
Great to know ! Thanks for sharing - dr is considering switching me eventually.
Infected ~5/16/15-7/19/15
8-2-15    CD4=286; VL=43800; 15% WB Pos Test Confirmed (waiting for genotype to start Triumeq)
9-4-15    Started Triumeq thanks to the people on board encouraging me :)
9-21-15    CD4=570; VL 26; 30% 16 days on Triumeq….
10-27-15   CD4=522; VL=UNDETECTABLE!!!; 29%    7 wks, 4 days on Triumeq
1-28-16    CD4=479; VL=UD; 31% almost 5 mo on Triumeq
4-27-16    CD4=580; VL=UD; 32%
7-28-16    CD4=991; VL=UD; 38% almost 1 year on Triumeq
8-3-16    ONE YEAR DX
10-27-16    CD4=765; VL=UD; 39%
3-8-17   CD4=709; VL=27; 39%
7-13-17   CD4=942; VL=UD; 41%
10/12/17   CD4=626; VL=UD; 39%
1/21/18    CD4=650; VL=UD; 40%
4/26/18   CD4=893; VL=UD; 39%
8/9/18   CD4=858; VL=UD; 41%
12/27/18   CD4=841; VL=UD; 41%
4/24/19   CD4=751; VL=UD; 39%
8/27/19   CD4=719; VL=UD; 36%
10/31/19   CD4=746; VL=UD; 37%

Offline virgo313

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Re: Switched to Dovato
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2020, 02:23:40 pm »
Every time I read you guys about switching to newer drug, I close my eye & try to dream I will be switching soon.  ;D
RVD Nov 2015. VL --> Log 5.32 HAART on 23/11/15
TDF+FTC+EFV / Chemo KS - 25/11/15 - 20/01/16.
CD4 - 4 (3/11/15) / VL - 225,000   ~ CD4 - 65 (7/03/16) / VL - UD
CD4 - 153 (8/09/16) / VL - UD (20) / CD4% -6%   ~   CD4 - 215 (11/03/17) / VL - No Result / CD4% -8%
CD4 - No Result (10/04/17) / VL - UD (20)   ~   CD4 - 455 (11/05/18) / VL - UD / CD4% -14%
CD4 + CD4% (18/10/18) - Dr not going to  do this anymore / VL - To test only yearly. This Sucks..!
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Offline Basquo

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Re: Switched to Dovato
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2020, 02:02:37 pm »
Hi Mike! I'm glad it's working out for you. I'm on the tail end of the med trial I started three years ago, and other than the first two days it's been smooth sailing. I'm still taking it in two-pill form since Viiv is giving it to me, but I'll start the one-pill version this summer when they cut me off the teat.

I am surprised, though, that they're prescribing it as a switch med. The trial was for treatment-naive patients, and that's how they're marketing it. But if it's okay with your doctor and agrees with you, welcome to the party!

Offline Matths

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Re: Switched to Dovato
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2020, 06:25:03 pm »
Hi there, I started with Triumeq almost exactly a year ago, took it for 2 months and switched to Dovato once it became available in May 2019. Had 2 minimal blips and both returned to <20, undetectable right after. Dovato is marketed as first line treatment in treatment naive patients, but ViiV has submitted a supplement based on the TANGO study results as a switch option. Not sure if it’s FDA approved but the data certainly support both, de novo treatment and switch option. Best Matt

Offline bocker3

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Re: Switched to Dovato
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2020, 10:20:01 pm »
Hi Mike! I'm glad it's working out for you. I'm on the tail end of the med trial I started three years ago, and other than the first two days it's been smooth sailing. I'm still taking it in two-pill form since Viiv is giving it to me, but I'll start the one-pill version this summer when they cut me off the teat.

I am surprised, though, that they're prescribing it as a switch med. The trial was for treatment-naive patients, and that's how they're marketing it. But if it's okay with your doctor and agrees with you, welcome to the party!

I am quite happy with the switch.  It is so nice to take my ARV meds once each day and not have to worry about eating with the Reyataz and NOT eating with the Sustiva......  It's a pricey drug though -- of course, it still comes out less per month than the generic efevirenz, atazanavir, norvir and Descovy did.
My doc had no issues when I suggested this switch -- which is a nice change.  In the past, he would fret a bit because I had such a hard time get to UD at first.  Couldn't do it with Sustiva/Truvada, so we added the Reyataz/Norvir.  Hell, it took me 1.5 years to get to UD.  Not a single blip since though... (knock on wood).

Hope we get to connect in person after this craziness ends!!  Hugs to you both.

Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
Sep05 T=350/25% VL98,559
Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2015 969/28% <20

Offline newone

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Re: Switched to Dovato
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 08:55:00 pm »
Just received my next 3 months of Dovato and again they arrived as two pills per day (dolutegravir + lamivudine) anyone been able to get (UK) the actual Dovato once a day one pill yet?? Are they on the market?
As far as liking an HIV Med Dovato for me it has been the best so combo up to now.
Sustiva, Atripla, Complera, Stribild, Genvoya. Odefsey, Dovato.

 


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