Side effects of ATRIPLA after 5 weeks with none?
Apr 16, 2010
Thanks for all your posts that have helped me with my decision to start meds. I am a 37 years old HIV infected 8 years ago. I have always felt healthy for all that period, and never had any meds until 5 weeks ago. My VL never went higher than 5000, but my CD4 count has been in the low 300s for the past year and a half, therefore I decided to start despite my low VL. I started with ATRIPLA 5 weeks ago, and have not felt any side effects at all, not even day one! But I have been feeling extremely tired for the last 3 days, is it possible to start developing simptoms now? As long as I know 2 first weeks are the worst period.... but in some way it is different for me. Do you know any cases? Not any vivid dreams thought!
Response from Dr. Henry
Your fatigue/tiredness could be due to delayed effects of the Atripla (efavirenz) but that would be somewhat unusual (seen in < 2-3% of persons starting Atripla after 5-6 weeks). I would discuss with your HIV doc to see if there is any other factor contributing to your tiredness.
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