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side effects artipla
Jan 4, 2012

Ever since my friend started with the artipla he is always tired and his taste buds does not work well anymore. Why?

Response from Dr. Henry

If Atripla has recently been started (ie < 4-6 weeks) then those could be side effects from efavirenz that may get better over time. If those problems are occuring after > 4-8 weeks on Atripla then he may be one of the small minority of patients (< 5-10%) who have annoying persistent side effects from efavirenz. Many other conditions/factors can cause fatigue and taste abnormalities so a clinical evalauation is recommended. If it looks like the current HIV drugs are linked to one of both problems then consideration of a switch to an alternative regimen is recommended (many possibilities depending on individual situation). KH

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