|two years into Atripla
Apr 16, 2013
I was diagnosed with Hiv in March of 2011 at age 21. I began Atripla one month later since my viral load was high at 300,000 and my cd4 was at 274. I freaked at those numbers and wanted to start haart ASAP. I have felt dizzy and weird everytime that I take my atripla, for 2 years. I have tried everytime of day and I still feel like I'm drunk and heavy headed no matter what I do(even without food). My doctor says he hates to mess with a good thing since I'm undetectable and have a 891 cd4 count. He says the effects are the sustiva braking the brain barrier and keeping my viral load low in my brain in order to prevent hiv related dementia. I feel like there are more options than he is saying. Whatever I do I know I can't keep taking atripla because I do feel like I'm going crazy sometimes. Would I be better off with isentstress, viramune? Thanks a bunch Dr. Henry.
Response from Dr. Henry
You could well be among the 10% of patients who have persistent annoying brain side effects from the efavirenz in Atripla. A switch to rilpivirine (Complera), elvitegravir (Stribild), nevirapine, or a boosted PI based regimen on a trial basis is worth considering and likely would do OK from HIV control standpoint while observing whether your drunk/brain sensations improve. KH
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