Oct 19, 2006
How well does the new medication ATRIPLA work. It's taken once a day
Response from Dr. Daar
Atripla is a combination pill that includes tenofovir (Viread), emtricitabine (FTC, Emtriva) and efavirenz (sustiva). It is higly effective in the majority of people who are starting therapy for the first time or have no underlying drug resistant virus. It is generally taken as one pill per day at bed time and in clinical trials results in viral loads below the limits of detection in more than 80% of people who consistently take their medications. It is not right for everyone and there are select side effects that people need to be aware of and monitored for. In addition, women who are pregnant or might get pregnant should not use this medication. As is the case with all HIV medications, the best thing for any individual to do is discuss with their provider what is the optimal regimen for them and be followed closely for response and toxicity once treatment is initiated.
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