|rash all over body
Jul 28, 2008
I started atripla 4 weeks ago. I take it at night so side effects will not be so bad. Two days ago, i started having a rash all over my body. I'm taking benadryl. I thought that if this was a side effect of atripla that it would have showed up before now. What do I do? How long will this last?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Many conditions can cause rash besides drugs so an evaluation by your HIV specialist is recommended. Usually rashes due to efavirenz (in the Atripla) occur before 4 weeks as your note so I would look for other possible explanations. Most drug rashes can be managed symptomatically while continuing the drugs. If the rash is very severe including involvement of eyes, mouth, fever and/or other symtoms then stopping medication is often necessary. KH
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