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body odor
Aug 29, 2013

Dr. Henry, I have been HIV+ for a year now and have been taking atripla my cd4 is >1000 and I am undetectable. A friend today told me that about half an hour after I take my pill at night he can notice a distinct change in my body odor. He says that it smells mainly sweet with an iron undertone and it fades throughout the day. Is this a normal side effect of Atripla? Or is this something that I should be worried about?

Response from Dr. Henry

That is an uncommon side effect from Atripla in my experience-very interesting. Have you or others noted that as well (your friend my be well endowed from the olfactory standpoint). For sure not a normal side effect from Atripla. If any reader knows of a study on body odor associated with Atripla or has personal experience please post. KH

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