|Atripla side effects
Feb 24, 2012
I have taken atripla for over a year with minor problems. In the last month I have had pain in my hip bones at night and the joints in my finger sometime lock up at night. Is this a side effect of the medicine or another problem? Could it be cause by lack of fluids? Thank you
| Response from Dr. McGowan
Sorry to hear about the pains you have been experiencing.
Joint pain is indeed listed as a possible side effect of Atripla and Truvada (which contains 2 of the 3 medicines in Atripla: tenofovir and emtricitabine). This would be a very rare side effect. Atripla has been assocaied with lowering of bone density and vitamin D levels. While not specifically a joint problem, people can get aches and pains if their vitamin D levels are very low.
You should discuss these symptoms with your medical provider since they wouold be a rare side effect and may be more likely related to another condition. Joint pain and stiffness in the morning is a common symptom of arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus) or fibromyalgia. Also have your vitamin D level checked, if you haven't already.
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