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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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