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Feeling Weak A LOT
Mar 20, 2011

Hi, I am 29, recently found out i am HIV pos last AUG, my numbers were 251,000 and 323... since I have been on atripla, I find myself feeling very weak at times, sleeping 10 to 12 hours a day, taking naps and very bi polor ... my doc says IDK .. yet its a free clinic ( hospital ) I am just wondering if there is anything i can do to help me um not feel so weak ... its mainly in my arms ( upper ) and legs ( upper )

Response from Dr. Henry

You could be sensitive to the central nervous system side effects of efavirenz in the Atripla so you may need to discuss whether a switch to an alternative regimen is an option. Low testosterone levels, poor sleep habits or sleep apnea, poor physical conditioning (can be helped by diet and exercise), depression, and many other medical conditiona can cause excessive sleep/fatigue so a thorough health evaluation is recommended. KH

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