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User Reviews for Tivicay to treat HIV Infection

Tivicay has an average rating of 6.8 out of 10 from a total of 18 ratings for the treatment of HIV Infection. 56% of those users who reviewed Tivicay reported a positive effect, while 28% reported a negative effect.

Tivicay Rating Summary

6.8/10 average rating

18 ratings from 16 user reviews.

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Reviews for Tivicay

New · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 3, 2021

“I am taking Tivicay along with Truvada, no side effects and working well so far.”

9 / 10
Italian84 · Taken for 10 years or more December 2, 2020

“Been HIV+ for 14 years now, and my doctor just changed my medicine from Odefsey which was working just fine, no second effect. And now I have been under tivicay for 3 weeks and I'm experiencing nightmares, I do not sleep, have diarrea and I'm feeling tired all the time. Not happy at all!”

2 / 10
Marie June 4, 2020

“I have been HIV+ for 15 years and never took any drugs before being started on Tivicay and Descovy. I managed to stick to the regimen for just one month. Tivicay made me feel really tired to the point I had to sleep during the day (not a working-friendly habit). I couldn't think, couldn't focus or couldn't type because it seems that my fingers wouldn't coordinate. Of course, as others, I experienced a permanent headache and the impression of my brain being in a constant fog. I think the worst though was the nightmares. I got scared at the prospect of going to bed in the end. All in all, this has been a very poor experience and I'm not sure I'm willing to forego all quality of life in exchange of possibly more "within range" numbers.”

2 / 10

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 28, 2018

“I was Tivicay for 12 weeks. The worst drug I had ever been on. Arms and legs were painful. Heart palpitations, loss of appetite, weight loss. Overall feeling of not feeling well. I quit taking it and two days later felt better. This drug is hard on people over 50. Never again!”

1 / 10
BikerD · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 21, 2019

“I've been on it for 9 months and finally got past the insomnia by taking it in the morning, but it makes me so tired and my arms and shoulders ache like never before. I've asked my doc about it, but nothing is coming back in the blood work, so it's got to be a neuro side effect. It's working well and keeping me undetectable in combination with Descovy, but it's a real struggle to maintain a full-time job. I sure didn't experience these symptoms when I was on Prezista/Norvir/Truvada.”

6 / 10
arn · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 10, 2019

“Swapped from Atripla to Tivicay and Truvada all was ok for first six months but slowly I became more and more tired, legs hurt, palpations at times, felt exhausted, so asked to go back to Atripla. I feel so much better on Atripla,so will stay on it.”

sunshine897 · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 24, 2015

“In May 2015, I was put on Tivicay, Epivir, & Viread, after years of struggling to be compliant with other regimens. My doctors are very happy with the results. In 2 months, the cd4 count went from 37 to 138. The viral load went from 35000 to undetectable. I've noticed no side effects from this regimen. I'm anxiously awaiting the next cd4 cell count.”

10 / 10

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fused2 · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 15, 2015

“Got from VL120000 to undetectable in just a month, take it with Truvada once a day (I don't mind taking 2 pills a day at all), CD4 went from 530 to 980, a great combination for me with almost no side effects (was having some mild headaches, they are gone now). It's been 2 months since I started and I feel much better now, gained about 10lbs back. You must NOT wait to start your treatment, there is no benefit to it, don't let the virus kill your brain cells, destroy your immunity system, start ASAP. I just wish I could have started sooner (insurance problems, the drugs are way too expensive). Good luck!”

10 / 10
Sandor82 April 11, 2015

“Though highly effective on what it needs to do, the side effects for me were not worth taking this medication. I'm a non-smoker, non-drinker, no drugs and eat healthy with regular exercise. Before taking this (in combination with Truvada) I was bursting with energy and in the course of six months it seriously took the life and joy out of me. Waking up unrefreshed and feeling numb and exhausted and snappy. Been off Tivicay for a few days now and started Stribild. Feel so much better, happier and energetic.”

3 / 10
James42yearsold2014 October 31, 2014

“I've been on Tivicay for about 5 months now. I have more energy and no common side effects except for two very important ones to me. The first one is the "wasted look" on my face. I began to notice this a about month a go. My cheeks have becomes more hollow, I'm terrified to think what they'll look like a year or two from now. I just don't want to be prejudice against for having HIV. The second problem is my liver. My recent blood test showns that it's 50% above normal. I don't drink, smoke, I don't know what to do now. I don't want to end up having to go to dialysis weekly.”

8 / 10
Speed of Light · Taken for less than 1 month September 22, 2014

“I have been on Tivicay for close to 4 weeks now. I was previously taking Atripla for about 5 years and we switched to Tivicay. I have not been feeling so well on this. I experience headaches frequently, faintness, and moments of memory loss. I am switching this medicine as soon as possible”

6 / 10
embo · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 26, 2017

“I am on Tivicay and Descovy now for 2 months ,I swapped from Atripla after 7 years on Atripla, this combination is the easiest I ever taken, only thing I noticed was I was constipated for 4 days on starting,totally normal now. If your considering this swap go for it,I love this combo..”

10 / 10
TampaGuy1000 · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 15, 2014

“Started to Tivicay and Epzicom on May 6th. Viral load was 200,000 and CD4 was 208. After 6 weeks my viral load was 367 and CD4 was 337. Doctor said it was working very well and I don't have to go back for Labs until September. The first 2-3 weeks were pretty rough with diarrhea, headaches and very low energy, but I'm feeling a bit better now. I was freaked out that the test did not come back as undetectable, but I asked my expert doctors and they said my results have been superb so far. I think people get hung up on being undetectable very quickly. If you start with a high viral load above say 100,000 it can take a few months to reach undetectable.”

9 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month November 11, 2017

“I have been on Tivicay for about 2 weeks and I am experiencing water retention really bad in my legs. I will not be taking any more of this drug, I am going back to my Truvada I was not dealing with this when I was taking that drug”

6 / 10
bocdbfr · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 30, 2020

“Previously doing very well on Truvada/Prezista/Norvir (emtricitabine/tenofovir/darunair/ritonavir) for four years. Switched to generic version of Truvada, and Tivicay as a cheaper alternative. Didn't have any side effects, and my blood works, CD4+ cell & viral load count remained the same, i.e. high CD4+ cell count (over 1000) and undetectable viral load still. Very happy with this new change, as I only take two pills from the three. Tivicay pill being a lot smaller is a plus too.”

10 / 10
LadyDocNC · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 23, 2013

“Better option for my patients that cannot take STRs or for those patients that I would not start on STRs due to potential issues with compliance, easy to add to either NRTIS regimen, once daily is better for compliance”

9 / 10
njrichie · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 19, 2017

“Was taking truvada and 400 mg sustiva but could not get my viral down beyond 180-200. Got off Sustiva and went on Tivicay/Truvada and within one month my viral load dropped to 70 and my cd4 rose to over 300 for the first time. Now my cd4 is up to 340 from 280 and my viral load is down to 40. Getting off of sustiva was the best decision I ever made. No more side effects and no more worrying about eating and taking med. Two pills a day is all that I take. I'm very pleased and have zero side effects and am finally very close to undetectable.”

10 / 10
Nuganuech · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 8, 2020

“I switch to Tivicay and Descovy about a year ago and T cells have gone from 481 to 279!”

1 / 10
Kevin0424 · Taken for less than 1 month July 19, 2017

“I have been on Descovy + Tivicay for 2 weeks and have almost zero side effects, besides a little diarrhea for the first three days. I'm looking forward to my results in a week.”

10 / 10

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