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Aug 4, 2010

My wife had started with VIRADAY ( single pill daily) from CIPLA Efavirenz ... 600 mg Emtricitabine ..200 mg Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate . 300 mg e quivalent to Tenofovir disoproxil .. 245 mg

she developed a severe skin allergy and mouth ulcers within 8 days of starting. Her CD4 was 200 and viral load about 72000. She has now stopped the medicine since last 8 days and is on an anti allergy . Her allergy is almost gone now. What combination do you suggest for her now? Preferably a single pill medication without side effects.

Response from Dr. Henry

We often treat through skin problems (usually due to the efavirenz) when starting VIRADAY (Atripla in US). There is no other one pill once a day option currently available. If the efavirenz reaction was severe (such as in your wife's case that you described) I generally would recommend using a boosted protease inhibitor based regimen (if available) + Truvada (or abacavir/lamivudine). In some cases nevirapine might also be considered as a substitute for efavirenz-often a frustrating and tricky situation even under best of circumstances but more so when treatment options are limited (in US one might also consider raltegravir or mariviroc in such a situation). KH

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