|about the effect of drug holidays
Mar 6, 2009
I am on Atrypla and am not taking the med because of the side effect (crazy dreams and feelings during the day) and also because I can't afford it now. If I go back on will it have a different effect? Can a holiday hurt me?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Stopping Atripla cold turkey can lead to drug resistance in some cases (Atipla would likely not work if used again if that happens) and can place a patient at risk for AIDS and non-AIDS clinical problems. You need to discuss with your HIV specialist regarding the side effects and plans to stop Atripla. When one of our patients stops Atripla I would often put on a boosted protease inhibitor for several weeks to minimize chance for resistance to develop. KH
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