Atripla and hives?
May 1, 2012
Hi, I have just recently been diagnosed possitive and have been on Atripla for about 3 weeks now. I have had no side effects yet, however this morning I woke up with what I assume are hives, small red dots, all over my feet that itch terribly. Throughout the day the have spread over my entire body. I assume it is from the Atripla, but thought a reaction would have happened a lot sooner. Is this common or expected, or could the atripla be reacting to something else?
Response from Dr. Henry
The rash from usually the efavirenz in Atripla can be seen in from 10-17% of patients-most commonly in first several weeks (though can be seen out to 2-4 weeks) and typically lasting about 8-12 days. For most patients can be managed symptomatically watching for worsening rash, eye/mouth/mucosa involvement that would necessitate stopping drug-I would keep your HIV provider informed about the situation. KH
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