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Gettiing pregnant on Atripla? Can I get back after pregnancy

Jun 9, 2010

Dear Dr, I really want to have a child and i'm deliberating having one soon. I am aware that Atripla is not good for the baby and i may need to switch to other regimen while pregnant. Is it possible to get back on atripla after pregnancy? coz it has really been working well for me. Thanks for your advice. JJ

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thank you for your question.

The efavirenz component of Atripla is associated with increased risks of birth defects. For this reason, we typically like to switch treatment from efavirenz to (typically) a protease inhibitor or other medication (and continue the tenofovir/FTC part) in women who are planning pregnancy or who are in their first-trimester of pregnancy. (Pheeew, that's a long sentence)

If your viral load is undetectable when discontinuing Atripla and remains undetectable through the pregnancy, then you could resume Atripla after the baby is born.

Good luck, BY

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