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Side Effects of Atripla
Mar 6, 2009

I commenced on Atripla on February 2nd 2009. I am having some side effects which are by no means bad, more irritating than anything else. Effects are:

Inability to sleep for any long period of time. I takes a long time to get to sleep too.

Increased appetite. I'm eating like a horse. I always generally had a minimal appetite.

I work occasional night shifts and sometimes my sense of co-ordination is diminished at times.

I have spoken with my consultant who doesnt seem bothered by any of these. I do sometimes take a zopiclone 7.5mg to help me sleep, but would rather not be relying on these!

Will these side effects go???

Thank you for your opinion.

Response from Dr. Henry

The efavirenz related side effects from Atripla are mostly seen in the first 4 weeks of use and generally taper off after that with perhaps 10% of patients still have some annoying side effects with 1-2% or so stopping the drug because of those side effects (the overall good tolerabilty and efficacy has made Atripla a favorite among patients and HIV specialists). KH

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