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Jackie__Blue
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Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options?
      10/17/08 06:48 AM

Seekyah is right that you can't be starting and stopping drugs. I used to be really bad about taking my meds and now I'm resistant to all the NNRTIs and a couple of the NRTI. Because of that I can't take most of the one pill combination drugs that are out these days.

However I did from time to time just stay off the drugs. Once for a year and a half. My doctor knew, wasn't thrilled, but we monitored my viral load and counts. I felt a lot better. I think the whole mental aspect has a lot to do with taking medications. If you aren't totally behind it, then you won't be able to maintain taking your medications.

A single low CD4 count doesn't mean too much by itself. CD4 counts drop and rise a lot. If this is part of a pattern and you've been seeing your counts go down then this last test would mean more.

You can also try another combination, We finally found one that I liked and was easy for me to take. Been on it a long time now.

Ultimately the decision to take meds or not is yours to make. Talk with you doctor. Perhaps see how you do with a drug holiday (I know not recommeded these days).

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* Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? hblue23 10/16/08 11:49 PM
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. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? hblue23   10/28/08 10:24 PM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? Lovinlife   11/02/08 07:49 PM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? Margaret   10/22/08 11:13 PM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? ScotCharles   10/17/08 11:19 AM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? hblue23   10/28/08 11:04 PM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? Seekyah   10/17/08 01:29 AM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? Jackie__Blue   10/17/08 06:48 AM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? magneticmama   10/23/08 03:28 AM
. * Re: Help! Drugs or no Drugs? Options? hblue23   10/28/08 11:47 PM

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