Saturday, February 9, 2013
first of all, thanks for your words of encouragment. It really helps me. I feel more and more confident that I will be OK.
The tritherapy I am following lasts 28 days. I have to take my pills at the same time everyday in order to have more chances of success. I take them after dining at 5:15PM. I take 2 different pills. 1 of the first and 4 of the second. I suppose the 3 meds making the tritherapy are mixed in the 2 different pills or I don't know why it is called a tritherapy then! The pills are huge!! Like twice or maybe more of the size of an aspirin. The first 2 or 3 can be digested quite easily but the last ones are always tougher. I don't think I have ever taken such big pills before.
The side effects mentionned by the doctor were:
- digestic "turbulence"
He told me that the effects were the worst during the first week.
The first evening I took the meds, I started having small cramps and I felt stuff moving (and flowing!) in my belly. I woke up at 1AM and I was still having small cramps and I was starting to have a headache as well. I woke up again at 2AM and the nausea had started. I tried to vomit but it didn't work. I felt bad but not like it was the end of the world. However I was thinking that I wouldn't be able to go to work if I was to keep the nausea in the morning. Fortunaltely, when I woke up only the headache was still present. However I was not feeling so well overall, but good enough to go to work. When I arrived at work, I had my only episode of diarrhea so far. After that, I felt better.
Tuesday evening, I started to have some cramps again. I woke up again during the night but didn't feel nauseous. Wednesday morning, at the end of my shower, I started feeling nauseous again and as I stepped out of the shower I vomited my breakfast. That was the only time I vomited so far. Since then, I have not really had cramps or headaches and I have not felt nauseous again. However, I notice that every morning, I have to go slower than I normally do, because I don't feel so well. It's only around 10AM that I start feeling myself again. Apart from that, I felt really tired one night, but that's about it.
I feel lucky that the side effects have not been really strong for me. It helps me to stay in a good mood (relatively speaking). I'll continue being careful in the morning and stay in bed as long as I feel it is better to stay in.