So I have been taking Atripla for around 3 years now. I my opinion, the dehydration you might be experiencing, could be due to a number of things. I would need a little more information about : When do you take your meds?, Are you doing any physical activity?, Have you noticed an onset of diarrhea longer than 3 days?, Are you seeing a physician on regular basis?.
The reason why I ask, I had noticed I too was getting dehydrated but it wasn't directly related to the Atripla. Stress, emotional feelings, proper diet all are factors in keeping the engine of the body in running order.
Hit me back on here w/ some info and maybe we can narrow it down.
All the best,
Atripla is a multiple viral medication (3 in one, so I was told). I used to take Atripla along with other viral meds & my viral load went to zero & CD4 cells shot up rapidly. However, after just one year the virus mutated & my viral load went up to 8,000 & CD4 down to 237 from 300+. I never missed a dose. The virus is just very clever & can mutate. Now, I take 6 different viral medications . . . . horrible stuff! Made me sick for over 2 weeks and finally now I feel like my old self again. I go tomorrow for blood tests to see if the meds are working, etc. Now, to answer your question . . . yes HIV meds can cause dehydration, dry mouth, & sinus dryness. You should definately be checked for vitamin D deficienty which is a common problem with HIV infected people. This is extremely important that you followup on this. Everybody reacts differently.
Some people take their meds & have no symtoms at all. While a good majority of people will experience some mild side effect until your body adjusts to it. If you don't . . . tell your doctor right away. You need to drink lots of water, juice, vegetable juice, cranberry juice is also excellent. I would recommend you eat before taking HIV meds. That helps your blood to absorb the medicine faster. Also, try not to put too much acidic type juice, tea, coffee, or food in your stomach before taking your meds. It can cause you a little nausea or stomach cramping. Just wait an hour or so before or after taking the meds. I also found that putting your pill(s) in a spoonful of applesauce makes it easy to swallow right away without gaging or have a horrible taste in your mouth. I have been HIV for 13 years and trust me I have taken some pretty nasty meds in the past. Thank God the newer ones aren't so bad. I hope my answer has helped you. Also,try a piece of peppermint candy or lifesaver helps with the dry mouth. It will resolve itself in time. Please take care of yourself.
- Atripla Information for Consumers
- Atripla Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Atripla (detailed)
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