|Medicinal Taste on Atripla
Dec 11, 2009
I have been on Atripla for one week now as a PEP regimen. Today, a full 16 hours after my last dose, I had a sudden and very strong medicinal/metallic taste in my mouth. In addition to the taste in my mouth my sinuses and eyes were burning as if I had inhaled some sore of chemical. This went on for 4+ hours. I am now at the point were I need to take my next dose and am nervous to do so. Is this normal?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Those types of sensations are not normal or common with Atipla. Unusual gustatory/olfactory sensations are occasionally experienced during the first several weeks on Atripla. I would inform prescribing clinicians and would generally counsel to continue taking the Atripla for the planned 4 weeks assuming there is a legitimate concern about an HIV exposure. KH
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