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Taking Atripla on empty stomach?

Jun 23, 2007

My doctor is suggesting I switch to Atripla. He said it should be taken at bedtime on an empty stomach, but I often end up eating at night and go to bed within an hour. Will this be a problem?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

No real problem here. The only issue is that efavirenz levels are higher with food, so there's a greater potential for efavirenz side effects. This is really only an issue at the start of treatment and if you're already tolerating Atripla, food won't be much of a problem.

Hope this helps, BY

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