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Side effects after a year of being on Atripla??

Oct 7, 2009

I have been taking Atripla for a little over a year now. All of a sudden recently I keep breaking out in a rash that comes and goes, gets very itchy and red all over in different spots then goes away for a while, this has continued over the past few weeks and I haven't switched any soaps or anything else I can think of that would be causing this. Is it possible to start having such a reaction after being on this medication so long? When I first took Sustiva in 95' I had the same type of reaction but my CD4 at that time was 57 so had lots of problems. I've been undetectable for years now and just seems strange that it would start happening after taking the Atripla for so long? I have been cutting the pills in half on occasion and not sure if that has something to do with it?? Please help!

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thank you for your post.

I'd think that it would be quite unusual to see a new rash develop from Atripla after a year on otherwise unremarkable treatment.

I definitely would not recommend cutting your pills in half; this won't help the rash (I think), and could expose you to dangerously ineffective doses of your HIV medications.

I'd recommend having a conversation with your healthcare provider to sort out what the cause of the rash is.

Be well, BY

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