Atripla & Modafinil
Oct 20, 2012
I am currently on Atripla and my results so far have been great on it, my VL is undetectable and my CD4 is slowly rising from a low of 400 to about 650 over a 18 month period. The only side effect that I have is some sleep disturbance and a bit of fatigue which on some days I find very difficult to get over and long to spend the day in bed sleeping.
My question is about taking Modafinil whilst taking Atripla, I have read that the two drugs can interact and should be avoid but I have also ready that there are many people taking the two drugs together without any problems, if I take Atripla at bed time say around 10pm and then in the morning around 9am take Modafinil if I have had a bad nights sleep do you think the two will interact?
Many Thanks Pete
Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
Sounds like you have a pretty significant and lingering side effect of your Atripla. I'm generally loathe to treat the side effect of one medication with another medication and rather would consider whether there might be better (and less side effect prone) options.
While there are many people who do take both medications together, I would be concerned about the two-way interactions between Atripla and modafinil, which have the potential to lower levels of both efavirenz and modafinil. At a minimum, be sure that the prescribing doctors know that your taking both, so that your viral load and labs can be monitored.
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