This has been extremely helpful. I realize the risks involved and would probably not be the best route to crush the medications. I will consult with therapists as well as immediately begin the regimen. I think I can possibly take the intellence and norvir whole and "re-train" myself to take the others as well, by slowly either crushing the larger pills or sectioning them into manageable pieces. I wish to return to a normal routine as soon as possible, since the present alternative of not taking them at all is much more detrimental to my health than difficult swallowing of the medication, especially since I believe now I have a throat or chest infection which makes it even more difficult to swallow anything. Again, thank you so much for your so needed assistance and I hope to keep you updated as to my progress. Thank you...View Thread
Thank you for the assistance. I responded to Dr, Malebreanch with the exact meds. as you might be able to see, Sustained release suggests periodical or throughout the day. These are some of the newest in the market and many of them are indeed not sustained release. HIV meds normally work if they do their job at once, not 1 pill now and release of another's 2 hrs later. Sustained release medications are normally for pain or other conditions which require a slow release into the body. I've done a bit of research and these are not sustained release. One of them is actually dissolveable as many others in the long list of HIV meds. Concern with crushing is more about the interaction with ingredients in food or drinks I may mix them with. But I suppose if you have to drink anything on a full stomach anyhow. I'm simply seeking assurance that these will not, I guess, although nothing is assured. I would certainly and unequivocably accept and appreciate suggestions and assistance received. Thank you and keep all replies regarding coming...View Thread
Truvada [Emtricitabine - Tenofovir 300 MG> once per day Norvir [Ritonavir 100 MG> twice per day Isentress [Raltegravir 400 MG> twice per day Intellence [Etravirine 100 MG> twice per day Prezista [Darunavir Ethalonate 600 MG> twice per day
Current CD4 - 274 Viral Load - 3 Mil
I may've mentioned this before, but the Intellence is already disolveable and I simply add 1 to 2 oz of juice or water for ingestion. I'm concerned about the others although I have to certainly ingest on a full stomach, as reconnebded by previous doctors. Your present and continued assistance is greatly/immensely appreciated. I hope I can overcome this mental phobia or inability to consume the huge pills I am given. Thank you so much... Guzt.View Thread
I've been living HIV + for the past 13 years and since my diagnosis in 1999 I've always been a great "medication taker". But recently I became overwhelmed by another condition which required over 26 pills per day instead and in addition to my regular 13 year regimen of 4 to 5 pills a day. I suppose it has to be mental, but it has now become extremely difficult to take the pills provided, even being back to a simple 8 pill daily regimen. From being a person who never missed a single dose -EVER- in 13 years, I now find myself missing too many doses for my liking and health. I am extremely concerned, as I should be, knowing a lot of what needs to be known as far as resistance consequences, etc. My phobia" overcomes logic in this ocassion and I wish to chage it. My question: Would I be able to crush my meds and add them to food or drink in order to ease the ingestion? one [intellence> is already disolveable, so there's probably no issue with it, but I'd like to get an opinion preferrably from an expert or someone who is knowledgeable with HIV meds. I am not too concerned about side effects regarding upset stomach or other similar issues, since I simply wish to return to a daily routine and regain my confidence. Thanks for any answer, suggestion, tip...View Thread
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