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How do i get rid of a bland taste after taking atripla

I have been taking Atripla for only 6 days now but have noticed a couple of hours after I wake I have a bland taste in my mouth. It taste as if the medicine has coated my mouth. I know that cant be the case because I swallow immediately. I heard...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I have prescribed alot of Sustiva or Atripla and have not heard that observation from many patients -if any reader has a comment or a reference please post. KH Read more »

RE:How do i get rid of a bland taste after taking atripla

Keith,I have noticed something similar when taking my meds, but I have discovered its not the meds themselves I can taste - as they can make my mouth dry I sometimes wake up with a 'furry' coating in my mouth, prob also linked to being a snorer -...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Atripla has rarely caused loss of taste (I have heard that occasionally). Mouth breathing/snoring could decrease taste sensation some. A good ear, nose and throat exam and sleep study might be helpful. KH Read more »

how often should I exercise?

Hi Nelson,I'm 28, been on combivir and sustiva for a year.I've started treatment with CD4 around 350. I'm in shape.I've been going to the gym for a couple of years, but now more interested.How often and hard should I train!? What about cardio? I...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Dear ArthurFirst of all, I assume that you have not suffered from lipoatrophy since you do not mention it. Sustiva plus Combivir can cause lipoatrophy (loss of fat under the skin in extremities, face and butt.) But some people may be protected... Read more »

How often should I have blood tests off medication?

Dear doctor,I am 39 years old, female, positive since 1991. I went off meds in 2003. CD4 are now around 600 from 1000 of 4 years ago, % from 45 to 39, VL rising up to 96K (14K, 24K, 50K with previous labs). I am thinking about accepting a new job...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Given the relatively slow decline in your CD4+ lymphocyte count over the past 4 years off medications it seems likely that this trend will continue in the future. You could probably have your labs checked every 3 or 4 months going forward and still... Read more »
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How do I reach out or Do I?

Posted by Confused7777, 2 Replies
I recently found out one of my BFF's has HIV. I want to reach out to him to tell him how much I love him and am here for him but I don't want to freak him out or betray our mutal friend. I'm also confused as to why he has not told me when I was the... Read more »

no sex and i dont know how not to take it personal

Posted by dogman, 2 Replies
Me and my BF are not having sex no more. I'm negative and he's positive. And I love him more then life it self.. But I'm starting to take the rejection personal. Is there something I should be doing or trying to make the feeling go away?or something... Read more »

Is this normal, and how do I get over it?

Posted by madisongurl, 3 Replies
I tested positive in January and my boyfriend has tested negative - he is very supportive and loving. We have had protected sex twice since we found out 3 weeks ago, and each time has been extremely hard for me! All I can think of is what if the... Read more »

How often do you have "one of those days?"

Posted by Blixer, 5 Replies
It's been a few weeks since I've shed any tears or had any significant anxiety over my diagnosis/condition but today was one of those difficult days. Nothing like some of the earlier ones, but I have felt somewhat overwhelmed by it all. Maybe it's... Read more »