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atripla questions
Nov 14, 2007

i will be switching to atripla after thanksgiving..what can i expect as for side effects from this drug??and how long do they generally last???

Response from Dr. Henry

The side effect profile for Atripla compares favorably to most other HIV regimens so most patients switching from another regimen will tolerate Atripla well. If you have not taken efavirenz before then you could experience a range of central nervous system side effects (most notably increased dreams/nightmares, change in sleeping pattern, a foggy feeling the following AM after night time dosing, and other symptoms). Thos efavirenz effects peak in the first several weeks and then diminish to < 10% having persistent severe problems after the first 4 weeks. If you have not taken tenofovir before then a modest percent of patients experience increased loose stools. Those will often diminish with time or can be managed symptomatically in most patients. KH

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