|Getting used to Atripla
Mar 1, 2009
Hi Dr. Young, thanks for your excellent work and dedication. I am taking Atripla always around 10:30PM about two hours after diner, in the first month or so I used to feel some kind of dizziness (drunk feeling) now I feel much better almost nothing is like taking any normal medicine tablet, I can stay sometimes awake two hours after taking Atripla and feel Ok, my question is: is this a sign that the drug were working fine in the beginning and not working now? Or it is normal and nothing to worry about as this is the way a drug tolerance should be after a while? I am worried that I am getting used to the drug and that it will stop being effective down the line, please help. Thanks for your valuable answer.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Your improved efavirenz (Sustiva/Atripla) side effects by no means indicates a lack of effectiveness, but rather is the usual pattern of adjustment.
The best measure of the long-term success of the medication is your viral load changes and your ongoing adherence- as simple as that.
Thanks for reading and your comments, too.
Best of health, BY
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