Taking Atripla during the day
Jan 27, 2010
Drs. Young and McGowan, first let me say thanks and how much I appreciate this site. I just wanted to share something rather than ask a question, if that's OK.
I started taking Atripla (along with Ambien to help me counteract side effects) in June when I was diagnosed. Low CD4, too. Ugh. Atripla caused a doubling of the CD4 count (70s to 140s) in 3-5 months and I'm on my way to an improved immune system!
Missed ONE dose at night a couple of months ago and immediately took it the next morning, totally expecting all sorts of nervous system issues. Didn't have any. Returned to my nighttime dosing that evening.
A couple of weeks ago, my new ID doc suggested that she'd like for me to taper off Ambien (I'm addicted after taking it for 7+ months). She suggested trying Atripla during the day since I felt okay the one time I did it. And it's been FINE! No side effects at all and I think it's because the stomach is TOTALLY empty at 5:30am when I wake. I drink a Diet Coke or coffee at 8 or so and proceed with my day. Almost completely off the Ambien now, too.
Just wanted to share this with Atripla-experienced folks that daytime dosing may not be as scary as you've read. :-) I know 95% of the users take it at night, but this is a better option for me.
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
Note that not everyone can succeed with daytime dosing, but it could be worth a try for some.
Thanks for sharing.
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