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Memory loss
Feb 13, 2013

I've been Atripla for just over 3 years the first several months was scary. I didn't know what was real or fake I thought my mother was her sister. But now I have very bad memory loss, and can not gain weight. I stay tired is this normal?

Response from Dr. Henry

No-severe memory loss and the other problems you describe is not normal. I recommend a thorough neurologic exam and possibly brain imaging to look for HIV related, drug related (efavirenz in the Atripla can occasionally cause long term central nervous system problems), or non HIV related factors causing the memory problems and fatigue (such as hormone, vitamin deficiency, or sleep abnormality). KH



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