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Is this normal?

Apr 5, 2007

Hello. I've been on Atripla for three weeks now and have experienced extreme dizziness, but that is diminishing, and I have otherwise been doing very well. My concern is my mental/emotional condition. I'm generally a happy person, but I've found it difficult to concentrate and experience bouts of anything from irritability to feelings of worthlessness and even rage. These feelings are not constant. They are generally worse one or two evenings a week. I just wondered if this could be related to Atripla, if it will go away, and when I should be concerned. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

The neuropsychiatric symptoms that you describe are typical of the efavirenz (Sustiva) part of Atripla. While the symptoms generally improve with time, I'd be sure to mention them to your doctor or healthcare provider sooner rather than later.

The important thing here (or for all regimens) is to communicate your side effects to your treater, rather than "putting up" with them.

Hope this helps, BY

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