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Doctor insights on: Taking Atripla During Pregnancy

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Is it safe to take atripla while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take atripla while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No for breastfeeding: Atripla is used to treat hiv. According to the current recommendations in the United States, mothers who are HIV positive are advised not to breastfeed. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Why shouldn't i eat when taking atripla, ?

Why shouldn't i eat when taking atripla, ?

Increases absorption: Fat in food can increase the absorption of Atripla from the stomach and into the body. This increases atripla-related side effects (fatigue, vivid dreams, dizziness). ...Read more

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I need a prescription for a med that is comprable to atripla?

A few options: Atripla was a breakthrough in making combination therapy easier to take. It consists of sustiva(bristol-meyers)and truvada(gilead).Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) 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 more

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Took 1 capsule GNC l.acidophillus 30bil cfu 2hrs before taking Atripla. Could this cause a problem? Are there any dangers taking them close together?

Took 1 capsule GNC l.acidophillus 30bil cfu 2hrs before taking Atripla. Could this cause a  problem? Are there any dangers taking them close together?

Don't worry: there are no interactions between these medications. The probiotics will likely help with any GI effects of the anti-retroviral meds. Make sure you are getting regular viral load checks to make sure what ever combination of medications and supplements you are on is working. ...Read more

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Taking atripla, have any suggestions for how to deal with side affects?

Taking atripla, have any suggestions for how to deal with side affects?

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

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Are there any dangerous side effects of atripla?

Are there any dangerous side effects of atripla?

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

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I took my atripla pill, I threw up so should I take another one?

I took my atripla pill, I threw up so should I take another one?

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

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Can atripla cause a miscarriage?

Can atripla cause a miscarriage?

No: There is concern that it can cause birth defects if given during the first trimester, but the risk is low. It does not cause miscarriage. ...Read more

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Can you take atripla on a full stomach?

Can you take atripla on a full stomach?

Yes, but...: You can, but a fatty meal increases the levels of the Efavirenz (sustiva) component of atripla, which can result in more side effects, such as vivid dreams, dizziness, or morning "fogginess." someone starting Atripla should take it on an empty stomach (at least 2 hours after eating). Once you're used to it, you can try taking it with food. Some people will tolerate it; others won't. ...Read more