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Can I stop my early treatment with Atripla?
May 28, 2013

I'm in the START protocol and I am in the early start group taking Atripla, my CD4 were 690 before the treatment. I'm having really bad side effects. Such as morning depression, drunk-high feeling. And my social activities are being compromised a lot. I've been taking the meds at 8-9 pm aprox, with a 3 hour empty stomach .. This is my 4th week and I'm still having really bad side effects. Can't rest very well and I'm looking kind of bad... And psycologically (knowing I could be in the non- early med group) ... What happens if I just stop talking the early treatment.. Until I know my CD4 starts to go lower..?

Response from Dr. Henry

I would immediately discuss with your HIV doc and START investigators to see if you could switch to another drug better tolerated in your case (ie Complera or Stribild or a boosted PI or raltegravir based regimen are all good options for patients having Atripla side effects that are often due to efavirenz effect on the brain). KH

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