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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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ATRIPLA AND EFFECTS ON THE HEART

Hello, My question is, Does atripla affect the heart in any way. before I was diagnosed with hiv I use to have palpatations like crazy. since I've been on meds since the begining of my diagnosis I can say that I really do not notice any more...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Cardiac problems (including palpitations or arrhythmias) from Atripla have been minimal and generally compares favorably to other regimens. An evaluation including a EKG is often recommended to sort out if there is an heart-related issue. KH... Read more »

Atripla side effects: two weeks and still there.

Hello,I started Atripla a bit more than two a week ago and I have just need some advice on how to manage side effects. At first I experienced severe dizziness, only the first day problems sleeping. The dizziness was common in the mornings; I think...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The central nervous system side effects of Atripla (usually due to efavirenz)often will persist up to 4 weeks (that is where patience comes in!) after starting and for 5-10% will last longer. For small % (1-3%) may be annoying enough to result in a... Read more »

Atripla side effects

I started Atripla one week ago and am experiencing extreme anxiety & high blood pressure 150/110. My normal blood pressure has been in the area of 120/80. I went to the doctor, but my regular doctor wasn't in last week and I saw a different...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Yes, high blood pressure would be a distinctly unusual side effect of tenofovir/FTC/efavirenz (Atripla). Nonetheless, it would be important, in my view, to make sure that you don't have any other reasons to have high blood... Read more »

Could this be a side effect of Atripla?

I take Atripla and have been on this drug combination since January, 2006. Ive tolerated the medicine well with an undetectable viral load and CD4s in the low to mid 400s. I take no other medication and I dont drink, smoke, or take recreational...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I have had hundreds of patients on Truvada or Atripla and have not observed any patients develop a breathing problem attriibuted to the drugs. Efavirenz can cause or aggravate a range of psychological problems so a trial off efavirenz (ie Truvada... Read more »
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Atripla side effects (what not someone else with Atripla Drama)

Posted by Kenn, 3 Replies
Looking for another opinion if I should continue with Atripla and try to ride out the next two weeks or stop and try another medication. I'm on day 5, I have a history of anxiety and so far this has been multiplied two fold. I have been walking... Read more »

atripla sorage

Posted by worriedmom61, 2 Replies
My son is on Atripla living in very hot weather in Miami, and yesterday late afternoon his air conditioner broke,the apartment probably is around 85 or 87 degrees, because outsade is like 92, was trying to call Atripla manufacturer but they are... Read more »

AIDS Patients Face Downside of Living Longer

Posted by ScotCharles
From the Sunday January 6, 2008 New York Times Front Section

CHICAGO John Holloway received a diagnosis of AIDS nearly two decades ago, when the disease was a speedy death sentence and treatment a distant dream.

Yet at 59 he is alive, thanks to a... Read more »

Atripla - my story

Posted by ImaNiceGuy, 3 Replies
First off, this isn't meant to persuade anyone to choose Atripla or another medicine. I just wanted to share my personal experience because when I first started Atripla I searched online as was scared to death after reading all the accounts of... Read more »