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Atripla side effects!
Sep 5, 2012

I was diagnosed recently (past 3 months) and opted to start meds as I was really scared and didnt know what else to do. I am on atripla. The dr. warned me about the side effects like the dreams etc. I found the first 2 weeks to be the most awful I dont sleep, i have no appetite, i am always drowsy and tired. The doctor says this will go away but my biggest concern is weight loss. I have lost 11lbs in 3 weeks. Most people gain weight on atripla i have read. My numbers were VL 54,000 CD4 144 should I stop taking atripla?

Response from Dr. Henry

Your blood test results suggest that you clearly need to be on effective HIV medications. You have had a rough start. If you are now 4-6 weeks+ out from starting Atripla and still having serious /bothersome side effects then a switch to an alternative merits discussion (ie a protease inhibitor, integrase inhibitor, or a rilpirivine or nevirapine based regimen). KH

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