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Taking Atripla During Pregnancy
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
Complex: Atripla is used to treat hiv-aids & has deleterious effects on the fetus. So it should never be taken by a pregnant woman. Atripla also decreases the effectiveness of oral contraceptives, so barrier protection should be used to prevent pregnancy even if you continue the oc. Atripla should be used only under the direction of an expert in its use, and all health issues should be discussed with md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Up to a month: It can take a few days for the neurological side effects to subside, and sometimes as long as a few weeks. After 3 to 4 weeks, things generally stop improving, so if you're still having unpleasant side effects after a month, you might have to consider a change in therapy. ...Read more
Days to weeks: For many, it's just a few days. For others, it can take a week or two. Side effects that persist for over a month on Atripla are unlikely to get better. If they're making your life unpleasant, it may be worth considering a switch at that point. Switching directly is much safer than stopping Atripla and restarting something else later, so talk to your doctor rather than stopping treatment. ...Read more
Some suggestions:: (1) take it in the evening, at least 2 hours after dinner or any food that continues fat. (2) start on a weekend, or on a night when you don't have anything important to do for the next couple days. (3) remember that things tend to get better with every dose. (4) Atripla is not for everyone. If you don't get better or if the symptoms persist for more than a month, consider a switch. ...Read more
Depends: If you threw up shortly after the dose, and especially if you see the pill in the emesis, then you should take another pill. However, if you threw up an hour after taking the pill, you probably shouldn't. There's no real danger in taking an extra dose, but you may experience more neurologic side effects (vivid dreams, dizziness, morning "fogginess"). ...Read more
They're rare: Most of the side effects are more annoying than dangerous. Rarely, people can become depressed or psychotic, an indication for an immediate switch. Rashes are rarely life threatening and usually get better with continued dosing. Liver enzyme elevations can occur, though they're not usually severe. The tenofovir component cause cause kidney damage, so it's important to monitor kidney function. ...Read more
Pros and cons: Atripla is a bit stronger but has more side effects. We use Complera in people whose viral loads are below 100, 000 and whose cd4 counts are above 200. Take Complera with a meal, and don't take it with medications that reduce stomach acid. If you're viral load is higher than that, you could take atripla, though i often prefer stribild, another single-tablet regimen that's better tolerated. ...Read more
A few options: Atripla was a breakthrough in making combination therapy easier to take. It consists of sustiva(bristol-meyers)and truvada(gilead).Truvada is made of 2 drugs(tenofovir, emtricitabine). Several other combination pills have been developed to compete with this successful therapy.Complera (repilverine, truvada) and stribild (elvitegravir, cobicistat and truvada) no one therapy is right for everyone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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