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Nov 20, 2006

i take atripla, how long before my dose should stop eating and drinking. just started taking this week.

Response from Dr. Wohl

I generally recommend not eating for an hour before. A small snack can be okay. Beverages are totally fine.

Realize you can eat with Atripla. The issue is that food increases absorbsion of the efavirenz in this combo, leading to higher levels and increased risk of side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness and vivid dreams.

If you can feast side effect free, do so with abandon.

DW



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