|New to treatment
Mar 7, 2009
Hi, my CD4 three months ago was 179cp and last week was 75cp! and the viral load was 447000. I knew i am already in a risk so I hurried to an infecious Dr and he asked me to begin treatment directly. He asked me to take three pills of Lamivir 150mg and three pills of Zidovir-100 (monring and night) I decided to take it at 10am and 10 pm. In addition to one stocrin pill before going to sleep. Actually i am taking it at 10:30pm or 11:00pm.
I began this treatment on Monday 3/2/2009 and till now when i wake up I feel very tired, dizziness, and i feel my head is very heavy and can NOT concentrate esp. in my work as a web programmer. And today i felt my heart is beating quickly with a shake in my hands.
Q#1: Does my schedule look fine? Q#2: How long it will take me to feel very normal and get rid of these side effects and work normally? Any advices? Many Thanks
| Response from Dr. Henry
You are describing fairly typical central nervous system (brain) side effects of the Stocrine (efavirenz). Those symptoms (fatigue, lack of concentration ) occur in a high percentage of persons on Stocrine during the first weeks (often with sleep problems and/or strange dreams) and then taper so that by 4 weeks perhaps only < 10% of patients note ongoing annoying problems. Your schedule seems fine. No easy treatment to minimize the hopefully transient side effects. I would keep your HIV doc appraised of the symptoms as well. KH
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