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Increasing Side Effects Of Atripla
Jan 18, 2010

I have noticed that the 'buzz' that I get after taking my Atripla has seemed to get a little worse. Any thoughts on why that may be happening ? I take the meds at noon to help with the sleep problems.

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Charlie Vieni

Response from Dr. Henry

If the buzz is getting worse after 4+ weeks of Atripla then I would be concerned that in your case the fixed dose of efavirenz is too large. Getting efavirenz blood levels may help sort that out. I often would seek input from a HIV savy pharmacist. If that is the case then either taking Truvada + adjusted individual doses of efavirenz or switching the efavirenz to an alternative such as raltegravir or a boosted PI would be an option. KH

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