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Doctor insights on: Atripla Supplements

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...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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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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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

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Is atripla only for HIV infected people?

Is atripla only for HIV infected people?

Yes.: Atripla is a fixed dose combination of 600 mg efavirenz, 300 mg tenofovir, and 200 mg emtricitabine. In adults, it is taken once daily on an empty stomach. Dosing at bedtime is recommended to improve tolerability of nervous system symptoms. To my knowledge, the only indication for prescribing Atripla is HIV infection. Atripla is three anti-hiv drugs in one pill. ...Read more