Atripla vs Sustiva+3TC+Viread
Jul 24, 2008
My partner had recently switched to Atripla from Sustiva+combivir as he was experiencing lipoatrophy. Now we have learned that Atripla (very nice, one pill) is not available in Thailand where we live, so the doc here has said he should take Sustiva+3TC+Viread - back to 4 pills and not the same combination as Atripla. Do you think there are any issues if he takes this combination for a few months and then switches back to Atripla when we can get it? It seems a shame to be doing all this switching. Even tho he was already on Sustiva, he experienced sleep interruptions and weird dreams again for a short period when he switched to Atripla. He is co-infected with Hep C as well. Thanks for your advice...
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
There should be no problem switching from Atripla's coformulation to Viread+Epivir+Sustiva. The only difference is the switch from FTC (in Atripla) to the 3TC in Epivir-- these two medications are very, very similar.
Best of health to both of you.
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