Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Cellular Biology 101

Cellular Biology 101 never prepared me for this, but I'm learning fast.  I read stuff like this:

It recommends a supplement to prevent some nasty side-effects, so I searched for the product.

Now I'm looking for a cheap source of Mitocnol, because it is a nutritional supplement not covered by my insurance.  But I have about four more months to find some way to supplement my intracellular uridine levels before I start noticing the effects of the mitochondrial damage caused by my NRTI.

The NNRTI which I use is called NVP.  Viramune is the brand name.  Nevimmune is the cheaper version of the same thing.
The NRTI combination I use is called Truvada.  It includes emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.  So far, no noticable side-effects, except about once a week I might get a few itchy bumps about 30 minutes after a dose of the NVP that feel and look like poison ivy, but go away after a while.

So far, I have found one brand of Mitocnol called NucleomaxX.

What fascinates me most is that these ways to supplement normal respiratory function despite mitochondrial toxicity have all been discovered very recently.  What annoys me is that it's $100 for a 3 month supply.  I wonder if I couldn't just gnaw on a raw sugar cane and get enough of the extract?  hehe.

1 comment:

  1. This is all new to me.  I am trying to comprehend all the meds, terms, etc., but feel like I am reading a foreign language.  But I am trying.....