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Atripla body Rash
May 10, 2009

Have been taking Atripla for 13 days and yesterday got a bad rash all over my body (face to the legs front and back) very redish. It does not each but a bit painful. Doctor shuggested to stop Atripla? If stopped, I am concern about building resistence? Is stopping a good idea or should wait to see if rash goes away?

Response from Dr. Henry

I generally recommend treating through the rash (often using an antihistamine) unless there are more systemic symptoms and/or mucousal involvement (mouth, eyes, lungs). If stopping the Atripla I would switch to a boosted PI based regimen or at least take a boosted PI alone for several weeks if stopping altogether (to protect against efavirenz resistance due to its long persistence in blood). KH

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