Help! How often have you skipped out on meds for a week or two at a time?

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    Feb 26, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    I am REALLY scared about this... I took a resistance test before my doctor started me on these new drugs but, I have skipped out on taking them for about a week probably about 5 times. I want SO BADLY to just jump into my day or SO BADLY just want to go to sleep at night that I do this. I KNOW it is horrible but, I am just wondering if any of you have gone through this and are still okay? I'm not looking for an excuse to keep doing it... Just a stress reliever!
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    Feb 27, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    Not sure I understand - what drugs and why did you stop taking them?
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    Feb 27, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    assuming you are talking about HIV medications.... your genotype/phenotype ('resistance test') likely showed your virus was sensitive to the medications your doctor started you on.... however, if you keep missing doses as you currently do, you will certainly develop resistance to one or more of the medications in your regimen. the best scenario in that case is that you will no longer be able to take just that medication you have become resistant to. the worst case scenario is that the mutations you develop will preclude use of several medications in that class of antivirals.... and over time you will run out of options.

    the rule is... if you're going to take antiretrovirals to treat HIV, you need to make them religion. missing doses is not ok. if you're going to skip doses, you may as well stop the meds altogether so that you will avoid development of resistance. of course, if you stop all meds, you also risk damaging your immune status. that is the central conflict in treating HIV.... long-term side effects of medications vs. potential damage to the immune system from not taking them (or taking them incorrectly).
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    Feb 27, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
    Upryte is the troll formerly known as Stuart Lanning.
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    Feb 27, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    I only "skipped" if I forgot to take my meds, but never intentionally. It's not good to take your meds inconsistently. You need to take them regularly exactly as prescribed. This isnt candy we are talking about. These meds are serious.
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    Feb 27, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    I thank you guys SOOOO MUCH for relieving the fear I am going through and I know that doesn't mean it is okay to continue doing what I have been doing. It's just when I do screw up I think the worst after the fact and that stress really affects my mental stability... And that can be worse for guys like me that have mental conditions in addition to just ignoring my HIV condition. Again, I just needed to hear some Truth from others. Thanks again.
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    You could talk to your specialist about how they make it hard to start the day and go to sleep at night. Those side effects of your various meds could be treatable or an alternative medication regimen might be available. Adjusting your dosing times for mood meds and antidepressants could shift your sleepy period a bit.
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