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Atripla (Efavirenz + Emtricitabine + Tenofovir)

What Is Atripla? Atripla is a tablet that contains three antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) used to fight HIV: efavirenz (Sustiva), emtricitabine (Emtriva), and tenofovir (Viread). Atripla is manufactured by Gilead and Bristol-Myers Squibb. It is the first tablet that includes a complete antiretroviral regimen. A generic version was approved for sale outside the U.S. under the PEPFAR program (see Fact Sheet 475 ). The drugs in Atripla are a...
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I'm suppossed to take Atripla on an empty stomach, what about soda?( ATRIPLA AND FOOD, 2009)

I accidentally forgot the empty stomach policy on my Atripla, I haven't eaten, but I drank two glasses of Soda within two hours of when I'm supposed to take my meds, should I take it later or is it referring more to food....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Hi,It would make no difference if you took your Atripla shortly after the two sodas or waited two hours for the formal empty-stomach recommendation. See below.Dr. BobAtripla on empty stomachJan 9, 2009 I was told to take my med (Atripla) on empty... Read more »

Atripla for graveyard shift workers (ATRIPLA SIDE EFFECTS)

Hello, I work a 12hr overnight shift and was placed on Atripla. I have been on this regiment for only 5 days now and take it during the mornings before bedtime. I still have dizziness, and fatigue, after having 5 - 6hrs of sleep and also during the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Since this is a one pill once per day regimen, you can try adjusting the time you take Atripla to see if this mitigates the side effects. Many people have similar complaints when starting an efavirenz-based regimen. (Efavirenz is one of the... Read more »

New to Atripla (ATRIPLA SIDE EFFECTS, 2010)

Hi Dr. BobI was diagnosed with HIV back in 2004 and just started taking Atripla about a month ago. I am adjusting to the side effects, but the two main ones that are not really improving are weird bouts of depression that come and go during the day...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Shaunn,Since this is your first regimen, chances are there are a number of other very good treatment regimen options for you. (A resistance test would be helpful in selecting antiretrovirals to be included in your regimen.) Almost all... Read more »

Abdominal and Back pain from Atripla

I've just started taking Atripla a few weeks ago and am suffering from lower back pain and every BM is painful. I cut the dose in half the other night and had a great next day. I know its not good to mess with your dosage.so how do I prevent...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are absolutely correct! "It is not good to mess with your dosage" of Atripla! In fact it's a very bad idea. Not taking the full recommended dose can quickly lead to the development of drug resistance to one or more of the... Read more »
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Cats Claw & Atripla

Posted by Surfer, 11 Replies
I have been researching the Internet and can not really find any information for or against. Has anyone on Atripla tried supplementing treatment with Cats Claw? If so how did it work? Read more »

Good results with Atripla

Posted by AliveNwell, 2 Replies
I have been taking Atripla since being diagnosed in 2009 with very good results. I was not even a fan of tylenol before becoming HIV + so a daily pill for HIV was a new experience. My doctor very vaguely mentioned that a side effect COULD BE vivid... Read more »

Atripla and weight gain

Posted by mimilove, 2 Replies
I have been reading a lot of posts about Atripla and weight gain and the same info keeps coming back that Atripla does not cause weight gain. Well, I feel this is false information because a lot of hivers claim the same condition of weight gain... Read more »

Starting Atripla tonight.

Posted by HIVSUCKZ, 5 Replies
I have been hiv positive for the last 14 years with a consistent viral load of less than 1000 and a % of over 31. Unfortunately, my cd4 has been dropping slowly for the last two years to a low of 198 as of last month. I have been very reluctant to... Read more »