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Atripla side effects
Aug 6, 2008

I have been taking Atripla for a while now. Before that I took Combivir and Sustiva. At first everything was okay with the Atripla but lately I am having heart palpitations and a weird tingling and/or numbness in my left arm. Is Atripla the safest option out there? Does it cause heart probems? Was I better off with my Combivir and Sustiva?

Response from Dr. Henry

There has been no link between Truvada and an increased risk for heart disease as opposed to Combivir. Lipid levels often are a bit better with Truvada compared to Combivir. Your symptoms warrant further evaluation/discussion with your provider but I would not implicate the Truvada as the key factor in most situations. KH

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