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Has anyone taken atripla for more than three years, what are the consequences?

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Rajive Goel 10 Aug 2010

Atripla (efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) is a prescription medication used as a treatment for HIV and AIDS. It is approved for use alone or in combination with other HIV medications. Atripla contains three different medications:

* Efavirenz (Sustiva)
* Emtricitabine (Emtriva)
* Tenofovir (Viread).

Common Side Effects of Atripla
Atripla has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what problems occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.

In these studies, the most common side effects of Atripla included:

* Nausea -- in up to 8% of people; * Dizziness -- up to 8%; * Diarrhea -- up to 7%; * Fatigue -- up to 7%; * Headaches -- up to 5%.

Other common adverse reactions (occurring in 1 to 4 percent of people) included:

* Upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold)
* Sore throat and runny nose
* Vomiting
* Sinus infection
* Drowsiness
* Abnormal dreams.

Side effects which should be reported to a doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med: These include but are not limited to:

* Depression; * High cholesterol or high triglycerides; * Decreased bone density (which can increase your risk of broken bones or osteoporosis); * Worsening of hepatitis B; * Seizures; * Kidney problems; * Symptoms of lactic acidosis (too much lactic acid in the blood), such as:

Feeling tired or weak; Muscle pain; Trouble breathing; Stomach pain; Feeling cold; Cold or blue hands and feet; Dizziness or lightheadedness; A slow or irregular heartbeat; Persistent nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain; Shortness of breath; An enlarged or tender liver; Weight loss.

* Changes in the distribution of fat on your body (such as a "buffalo hump"); * Anxiety; * Suicidal thoughts; * Aggressive behavior; * Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:

A rash; Hives; Itching; Swelling of the mouth or throat; Wheezing; Difficulty breathing.

You may experience some or none of the Atripla side effects listed. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell whether any particular side effect (such as nausea) is actually caused by Atripla or other factors. Therefore, please let the doc know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of Atripla, the doc will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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