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Taking Atripla, Trizivir and Viread

Feb 26, 2013


My partner told me that his regimen includes Atripla, Trizivir and Viread, prescribed by his doctor. I read about Atripla and the drug info sheet lists Trizivir and Viread as drugs that should not be taken with it.

Is this a case of incorrect prescription or there really are cases where this is needed or, at least, acceptable?

Response from Dr. Young

Hi and thanks for posting.

There must be some confusion about your partner's regimen. Atripla (alone) is a complete regimen and nearly always does not require any additional medications. Indeed, Viread (tenofovir) is contained within the Atripla.

Trizivir is only rarely used anymore in initial therapy (though had once been a quite popular regimen). Atripla and Trizivir would never prescribed together, since there's a lot of functional overlap between the NRTIs in the two combo pills.

I'd have your partner double check with his prescriber for clarification about his treatments.

Good luck, BY

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