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An Overview of Atripla (Efavirenz/Tenofovir/FTC)

ef-FAH-ver-enz / em-tri-SIT-uh-bean / te-NOE-fo-veer Brand Name: Atripla Other Name(s): EFV/FTC/TDF Drug Class: Combination Drugs Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Atripla can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood) and liver problems. Contact your health care provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms that may signal...
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3TC to FTC and back

Hello,I was being treated in Brazil, where there's no emtricitabine. That way, there I took a once a day combo of efavirenz, tenofovir and lamivudine as my first line treatment. It's been working for a little more than 2 years now with...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post. Sorry for the delayed response.Since FTC (emtricitabine) and 3TC (lamivudine) are molecular cousins with very similar efficacy, resistance and side effect profiles, it's usually very safe to switch from one to... Read more »

EFV/FTC/TFV bone pain

I've been on this combination for 4 weeks and have had very achy pains in my chest (it feels like I've been kicked in the chest) in my lower back and in my right shoulder. I also get a fever that tops out around 101.5 but the pain and...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
These aren't side effects generally associated with these drugs and although it's possible that they are related to an allergic or other reaction to one of the drugs, they suggest that something else is going on. You should see your doctor... Read more »

EFV/FTC/TFV bone pain

I've been on this combination for 4 weeks and have had very achy pains in my chest (it feels like I've been kicked in the chest) in my lower back and in my right shoulder. I also get a fever that tops out around 101.5 but the pain and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Some patients have a reactivation of a hidden infection when they start potent antiretroviral therapy (immune reconstitution syndrome). I have seen several patients with Mycobacterial infections develop bone pain as you describe. I would discuss... Read more »

EFV/FTC/TFV bone pain

I've been on this combination for 4 weeks and have had very achy pains in my chest (it feels like I've been kicked in the chest) in my lower back and in my right shoulder. I also get a fever that tops out around 101.5 but the pain and...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
This sounds unlikely to be directly drug related. Some people experience a dramatic increase in immune function after starting meds and this can lead to some nasty problems if your system has picked up on some low level opportunistic infection that... Read more »
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Help please.... Lipoatrophy

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Noticed about a year ago that my legs were getting skinnier. Know now that it is from Lipo. Face has not sunken yet but is thinner. Fat accumulation is mostly in the armpits areas. Clinic where I go doesn't seem too worried ! I'm going back on Dec... Read more »

Complera, the new once-daily combo pill

Posted by bartleby
new treatment option. here's what you need to know.
Complera (rilpivirine/tenofovir/FTC) is like Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC) except it replaces the Sustiva (efavirenz, Stocrin) arm with Edurant (rilpivirine). it has to be taken with a meal.... Read more »

"Discreet" HIV Test - Federal Trade Comm. Action

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I'm the person who had that horrible experience with the "Discreet" HIV test manufactured and distributed by Seville Marketing. One takes this test that at home and gets the "results" within minutes of taking the test. Well, I thought... Read more »

todays paper...

Posted by AIDS2HIV, 1 Reply
read this in the paper today, thought id share it with ya......

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