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May 19, 2008

Is there Anything I can do to reduce the side effects of Atripla? (other than taking them before sleep time) I just started meds this week and have been experiencing the expected side effects. What can I do at home to reduce this side effect and make my life and sleeping time a little easier. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!

Response from Dr. Henry

I often provide a short course of a sleeping medicine to help patients sleep if the efavirenz effect after starting is severe. Drugs like lorazempam, trazadone, amitryptiline, zolpidem (Ambien) or even eszopiclone (Lunesta)can provide some short term symptoms relief while awaiting diminution of the efavirenz-associated sleep side effects. KH



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