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How Long Does Atripla Take To Work

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Brand name: Atripla Generic name: efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir, or EFV/FTC/TDF Class: NNRTI and NRTI -- single-tablet regimen (STR) Manufacturer: Bristol-Myers Squibb, , (800) 321-1335, and Gilead Sciences, , (800) GILEAD-5 (445-3235), AWP: $2,080.97/month Standard Dose: One tablet (600 mg efavirenz/200 mg emtricitabine/300 mg tenofovir), once a day, preferably at bedtime, on an...
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How long will I need Atripla?

After going over my lab work with my doctor today, he recommended that I start Atripla. My lab results were VL - 70,000 and CD - 926. My doctor informed me that my neutrophil levels were low and that he wants me to start treatment. He added that if...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question.Having low neutrophil levels (which are a type of white blood cell that is needed to fight off bacterial and certain fungal infections) can be seen sometimes due to HIV infection. It is usually more common in people with... Read more »

Working in the middle of the night while taking Atripla

I have been on Atripla since last year and have done really well on it. CD4 is 500 36% and VL is undetectable. I recently began a shift at work that has me working 4 days a week at night (from midnight until 8am). I have never missed taking my...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The drugs in Atripla have a long half life in most patients that allows for some flexibility from day to day in the timing of the dosing (for most patients timing can occasionally shift 4-8 hours to accommodate shift or travel related schedule... Read more »

atripla. how fast does it work?

just got diagnosed HIV+ and syphilis two weeks ago. was feeling sick and tired, and couldn't get rid of a cold. I was in the early phase of syphilis infection, so the pennicillin should knock it out. Just popped my first atripla about 30...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Antiretroviral medications start to interfere with viral replication quickly. However, the recovery of your immune system can take many months. Meanwhile, as long as your T cells are at a low level, you are still at risk for opportunistic infections... Read more »


Hello, let me say first of all thank you for all you do for folks like us who have been diagnosed with HIV. I have been on Atripla for 3 months. My latest viral load is 420000 with a cd4 of 10 whereas my initial VL was 322000 with a cd4 of 0 at the...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thank you for your post and I hope you are feeling better after your hospitalization.I would definitely wait for the next test results. I assume you had a "baseline" resistance test done. If that showed susceptible virus it would be very... 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 »

haven't posted in a while.. Atripla is working!

Posted by rookie, 7 Replies
Well, doing the homework.. 100% adherent to a super easy treatment.. it's been 6 months since my first post, 8 months since diagnosis.. Today I am living what many on here have experienced already in the past and this puppy has been welcomed for the... Read more »

Atripla -- High Triglycerides, Lovaza or Lopid use

Posted by JimNC, 1 Reply
My husband was diagnosed with HIV in 2009. He'd obviously been POS for quite a long time. (2,000,000+ HIV count, T cell 180). He went on Atripla, quickly reducing his HIV count from 2M-500K-50K-500 every 3 months, now undetectable. His T cells has... Read more »


Posted by keepingfaith, 4 Replies
I was wondering how long after starting Atripla does your viral loads come undetectable??? Mines currently are 62,270+ CD4 278. Read more »