Starting PREZCOBIX® for HIV treatment
“Going on a new medication felt like a big step. But I realized starting something new can be the beginning of a whole new chapter.”
Starting treatment is a personal decision. There are some important things to think about before you begin, such as being ready to:
- Take medication every day
- Handle possible side effects
- Schedule ongoing healthcare visits
- Find stable housing, mental health, or substance use services if you need it
HIV treatment is a lifelong commitment. You may need to make changes to your daily life, including:
- A new routine to take medication at the same time every day
- Changing what and when you eat
- Switching other medications you may take
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You may be concerned about how to pay for treatment. Your healthcare provider may be able to help you apply for assistance. If you have insurance, check your plan. Please visit Paying for PREZCOBIX® for more information.
Now that you’re on treatment, there are ways to make medications part of your daily routine. Here are some tips that others have used to take medications on time:
- Know when and how much medication you need to take
- Be aware of which medications must be taken with food, on an empty stomach, or before or after taking other medications
- Keep a pill case with a reminder alarm to help organize medications
- Plan ahead for weekends, holidays, and whenever routines change due to work, travel, or late nights out
- Renew prescriptions automatically
- Carry a water bottle to take medications on the go
Remember to always take the medicine exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to. Try the Care4Today® Mobile Health Manager App that works on your mobile phone or computer to remind you to take your medication on time. It can be used for any prescription or over-the-counter medication or nutritional supplement.
In the beginning, many visits and appointments are needed when living with HIV. Using a calendar can help you keep track of your healthcare visits. Sometimes, you may need to see your primary healthcare provider. Other times, you may just need to check in with a nurse, give your case manager an update, or have some lab work done.
Having treatment goals could help you stay organized. Some things to focus on that may help you when living with HIV are:
- Keeping your viral load as low as possible for as long as possible
- Maintaining a healthy CD4+-cell count
- Lowering the risk of serious HIV-related illnesses
- Preventing the spread of HIV