Generic Name: efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate
Dosage Form: tablet, film coated
Medically reviewed on January 1, 2018
Atripla is not approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and the safety and efficacy of Atripla have not been established in patients coinfected with HBV and HIV-1. Severe acute exacerbations of hepatitis B have been reported in patients who have discontinued EMTRIVA or VIREAD, which are components of Atripla. Hepatic function should be monitored closely with both clinical and laboratory follow-up for at least several months in patients who are coinfected with HIV-1 and HBV and discontinue Atripla. If appropriate, initiation of anti-hepatitis B therapy may be warranted [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
Indications and Usage for Atripla
Atripla® is indicated for use alone as a complete regimen or in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older.
Atripla Dosage and Administration
Adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older with body weight at least 40 kg (at least 88 lbs): The dose of Atripla is one tablet once daily taken orally on an empty stomach. Dosing at bedtime may improve the tolerability of nervous system symptoms.
Renal impairment: Because Atripla is a fixed-dose combination, it should not be prescribed for patients requiring dosage adjustment, such as those with moderate or severe renal impairment (estimated creatinine clearance below 50 mL/min).
Rifampin coadministration: When Atripla is administered with rifampin to patients weighing 50 kg or more, an additional 200 mg/day of efavirenz is recommended [See Drug Interactions (7.3) Table 3, and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3) Table 4].
Dosage Forms and Strengths
Atripla is available as tablets. Each tablet contains 600 mg of efavirenz, 200 mg of emtricitabine, and 300 mg of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir DF), which is equivalent to 245 mg of tenofovir disoproxil. The tablets are pink, capsule shaped, film coated, debossed with "123" on one side, and plain faced on the other side.
Atripla is contraindicated in patients with previously demonstrated clinically significant hypersensitivity (e.g., Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, or toxic skin eruptions) to efavirenz, a component of Atripla.
Coadminstration of Atripla with voriconazole is contraindicated. Efavirenz, a component of Atripla, significantly decreases voriconazole plasma concentrations, and coadministration may decrease the therapeutic effectiveness of voriconazole. Also, voriconazole significantly increases efavirenz plasma concentrations, which may increase the risk of efavirenz-associated side effects. Because Atripla is a fixed-dose combination product, the dose of efavirenz cannot be altered [See Clinical Pharmacology (12.3) Tables 4 and 5].
Warnings and Precautions
Patients Coinfected with HIV-1 and HBV
It is recommended that all patients with HIV-1 be tested for the presence of chronic HBV before initiating antiretroviral therapy. Atripla is not approved for the treatment of chronic HBV infection, and the safety and efficacy of Atripla have not been established in patients coinfected with HBV and HIV-1. Severe acute exacerbations of hepatitis B have been reported in patients who are coinfected with HBV and HIV-1 and have discontinued emtricitabine or tenofovir DF, two of the components of Atripla. In some patients infected with HBV and treated with emtricitabine, the exacerbations of hepatitis B were associated with liver decompensation and liver failure. Patients who are coinfected with HIV-1 and HBV should be closely monitored, with both clinical and laboratory follow-up for at least several months after stopping treatment with Atripla. If appropriate, initiation of anti-hepatitis B therapy may be warranted.
Atripla should not be administered with HEPSERA® (adefovir dipivoxil) [See Drug Interactions (7.2)].
Efavirenz plasma concentrations may be altered by substrates, inhibitors, or inducers of CYP3A. Likewise, efavirenz may alter plasma concentrations of drugs metabolized by CYP3A or CYP2B6. The most prominent effect of efavirenz at steady state is induction of CYP3A and CYP2B6 [See Drug Interactions (7.1)].
Lactic Acidosis/Severe Hepatomegaly with Steatosis
Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogs, including tenofovir DF and emtricitabine, components of Atripla, alone or in combination with other antiretrovirals. Treatment with Atripla should be suspended in any patient who develops clinical or laboratory findings suggestive of lactic acidosis or pronounced hepatotoxicity (which may include hepatomegaly and steatosis even in the absence of marked transaminase elevations).
Coadministration with Related Products
Atripla is a fixed-dose combination of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. Do not coadminister Atripla with other drugs containing emtricitabine, tenofovir DF, or tenofovir alafenamide, including COMPLERA®, DESCOVY®, EMTRIVA®, GENVOYA®, ODEFSEY®, STRIBILD®, TRUVADA®, VEMLIDY®, or VIREAD®. Sustiva (efavirenz) should not be coadministered with Atripla unless needed for dose-adjustment (e.g., with rifampin) [See Dosage and Administration (2), Drug Interactions (7.1)]. Due to similarities between emtricitabine and lamivudine, Atripla should not be coadministered with drugs containing lamivudine, including Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), Epivir, or Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), or Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine).
QTc prolongation has been observed with the use of efavirenz [See Drug Interactions (7.1) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.2)]. Consider alternatives to Atripla when coadministered with a drug with a known risk of Torsade de Pointes or when administered to patients at higher risk of Torsade de Pointes.
Serious psychiatric adverse experiences have been reported in patients treated with efavirenz. In controlled trials of 1008 subjects treated with regimens containing efavirenz for a mean of 2.1 years and 635 subjects treated with control regimens for a mean of 1.5 years, the frequency (regardless of causality) of specific serious psychiatric events among subjects who received efavirenz or control regimens, respectively, were: severe depression (2.4%, 0.9%), suicidal ideation (0.7%, 0.3%), nonfatal suicide attempts (0.5%, 0%), aggressive behavior (0.4%, 0.5%), paranoid reactions (0.4%, 0.3%), and manic reactions (0.2%, 0.3%). When psychiatric symptoms similar to those noted above were combined and evaluated as a group in a multifactorial analysis of data from Study AI266006 (006), treatment with efavirenz was associated with an increase in the occurrence of these selected psychiatric symptoms. Other factors associated with an increase in the occurrence of these psychiatric symptoms were history of injection drug use, psychiatric history, and receipt of psychiatric medication at trial entry; similar associations were observed in both the efavirenz and control treatment groups. In Study 006, onset of new serious psychiatric symptoms occurred throughout the trial for both efavirenz-treated and control-treated subjects. One percent of efavirenz-treated subjects discontinued or interrupted treatment because of one or more of these selected psychiatric symptoms. There have also been occasional postmarketing reports of death by suicide, delusions, psychosis-like behavior, and catatonia, although a causal relationship to the use of efavirenz cannot be determined from these reports. Patients with serious psychiatric adverse experiences should seek immediate medical evaluation to assess the possibility that the symptoms may be related to the use of efavirenz, and if so, to determine whether the risks of continued therapy outweigh the benefits [See Adverse Reactions (6)].
Nervous System Symptoms
Fifty-three percent (531/1008) of subjects receiving efavirenz in controlled trials reported central nervous system symptoms (any grade, regardless of causality) compared to 25% (156/635) of subjects receiving control regimens. These symptoms included dizziness (28.1% of the 1008 subjects), insomnia (16.3%), impaired concentration (8.3%), somnolence (7.0%), abnormal dreams (6.2%), and hallucinations (1.2%). Other reported symptoms were euphoria, confusion, agitation, amnesia, stupor, abnormal thinking, and depersonalization. The majority of these symptoms were mild to moderate (50.7%); symptoms were severe in 2.0% of subjects. Overall, 2.1% of subjects discontinued therapy as a result. These symptoms usually begin during the first or second day of therapy and generally resolve after the first 2–4 weeks of therapy. After 4 weeks of therapy, the prevalence of nervous system symptoms of at least moderate severity ranged from 5% to 9% in subjects treated with regimens containing efavirenz and from 3% to 5% in subjects treated with a control regimen. Patients should be informed that these common symptoms were likely to improve with continued therapy and were not predictive of subsequent onset of the less frequent psychiatric symptoms [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6)]. Dosing at bedtime may improve the tolerability of these nervous system symptoms [See Dosage and Administration (2)].
Analysis of long-term data from Study 006 (median follow-up 180 weeks, 102 weeks, and 76 weeks for subjects treated with efavirenz + zidovudine + lamivudine, efavirenz + indinavir, and indinavir + zidovudine + lamivudine, respectively) showed that, beyond 24 weeks of therapy, the incidences of new-onset nervous system symptoms among efavirenz-treated subjects were generally similar to those in the indinavir-containing control arm.
Patients receiving Atripla should be alerted to the potential for additive central nervous system effects when Atripla is used concomitantly with alcohol or psychoactive drugs.
Patients who experience central nervous system symptoms such as dizziness, impaired concentration, and/or drowsiness should avoid potentially hazardous tasks such as driving or operating machinery.
New Onset or Worsening Renal Impairment
Emtricitabine and tenofovir are principally eliminated by the kidney; however, efavirenz is not. Since Atripla is a combination product and the dose of the individual components cannot be altered, patients with estimated creatinine clearance below 50 mL/min should not receive Atripla.
Renal impairment, including cases of acute renal failure and Fanconi syndrome (renal tubular injury with severe hypophosphatemia) has been reported with the use of tenofovir DF [See Adverse Reactions (6.3)].
It is recommended that estimated creatinine clearance be assessed in all patients prior to initiating therapy and as clinically appropriate during therapy with Atripla. In patients at risk of renal dysfunction, including patients who have previously experienced renal events while receiving HEPSERA, it is recommended that estimated creatinine clearance, serum phosphorus, urine glucose, and urine protein be assessed prior to initiation of Atripla and periodically during Atripla therapy.
Atripla should be avoided with concurrent or recent use of a nephrotoxic agent (e.g., high-dose or multiple non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs]) [See Drug Interactions (7.2)]. Cases of acute renal failure after initiation of high-dose or multiple NSAIDs have been reported in HIV-infected patients with risk factors for renal dysfunction who appeared stable on tenofovir DF. Some patients required hospitalization and renal replacement therapy. Alternatives to NSAIDs should be considered, if needed, in patients at risk for renal dysfunction.
Persistent or worsening bone pain, pain in extremities, fractures, and/or muscular pain or weakness may be manifestations of proximal renal tubulopathy and should prompt an evaluation of renal function in at-risk patients.
Reproductive Risk Potential
Pregnancy Category D: Efavirenz may cause fetal harm when administered during the first trimester to a pregnant woman. Pregnancy should be avoided in women receiving Atripla. Barrier contraception must always be used in combination with other methods of contraception (e.g., oral or other hormonal contraceptives). Because of the long half-life of efavirenz, use of adequate contraceptive measures for 12 weeks after discontinuation of Atripla is recommended. Women of childbearing potential should undergo pregnancy testing before initiation of Atripla. If this drug is used during the first trimester of pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential harm to the fetus.
There are no adequate and well-controlled trials of Atripla in pregnant women. Atripla should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, such as in pregnant women without other therapeutic options [See Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].
In controlled clinical trials, 26% (266/1008) of adult subjects treated with 600 mg efavirenz experienced new-onset skin rash compared with 17% (111/635) of those treated in control groups. Rash associated with blistering, moist desquamation, or ulceration occurred in 0.9% (9/1008) of subjects treated with efavirenz. The incidence of Grade 4 rash (e.g., erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome) in adult subjects treated with efavirenz in all trials and expanded access was 0.1%. Rashes are usually mild-to-moderate maculopapular skin eruptions that occur within the first 2 weeks of initiating therapy with efavirenz (median time to onset of rash in adults was 11 days) and, in most subjects continuing therapy with efavirenz, rash resolves within 1 month (median duration, 16 days). The discontinuation rate for rash in adult clinical trials was 1.7% (17/1008). Atripla can be reinitiated in patients interrupting therapy because of rash. Atripla should be discontinued in patients developing severe rash associated with blistering, desquamation, mucosal involvement, or fever. Appropriate antihistamines and/or corticosteroids may improve the tolerability and hasten the resolution of rash. For patients who have had a life-threatening cutaneous reaction (e.g., Stevens-Johnson syndrome), alternative therapy should be considered [See Contraindications (4.1)].
Experience with efavirenz in subjects who discontinued other antiretroviral agents of the NNRTI class is limited. Nineteen subjects who discontinued nevirapine because of rash have been treated with efavirenz. Nine of these subjects developed mild-to-moderate rash while receiving therapy with efavirenz, and two of these subjects discontinued because of rash.
Rash was reported in 59 of 182 pediatric subjects (32%) treated with efavirenz [See Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. Two pediatric subjects experienced Grade 3 rash (confluent rash with fever, generalized rash), and four subjects had Grade 4 rash (erythema multiforme). The median time to onset of rash in pediatric subjects was 28 days (range 3−1642 days). Prophylaxis with appropriate antihistamines before initiating therapy with Atripla in pediatric patients should be considered.
Monitoring of liver enzymes before and during treatment is recommended for patients with underlying hepatic disease, including hepatitis B or C infection; patients with marked transaminase elevations; and patients treated with other medications associated with liver toxicity [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]. A few of the postmarketing reports of hepatic failure occurred in patients with no pre-existing hepatic disease or other identifiable risk factors [See Adverse Reactions (6.3)]. Liver enzyme monitoring should also be considered for patients without pre-existing hepatic dysfunction or other risk factors. In patients with persistent elevations of serum transaminases to greater than five times the upper limit of the normal range, the benefit of continued therapy with Atripla needs to be weighed against the unknown risks of significant liver toxicity [See Adverse Reactions (6.2)].
Bone Effects of Tenofovir DF
Bone Mineral Density
In clinical trials in HIV-1 infected adults, tenofovir DF was associated with slightly greater decreases in bone mineral density (BMD) and increases in biochemical markers of bone metabolism, suggesting increased bone turnover relative to comparators. Serum parathyroid hormone levels and 1,25 Vitamin D levels were also higher in subjects receiving tenofovir DF.
Clinical trials evaluating tenofovir DF in pediatric and adolescent subjects were conducted. Under normal circumstances, BMD increases rapidly in pediatric patients. In HIV-1 infected subjects aged 2 years to less than 18 years, bone effects were similar to those observed in adult subjects and suggest increased bone turnover. Total body BMD gain was less in the tenofovir DF treated HIV-1 infected pediatric subjects as compared to the control groups. Similar trends were observed in chronic hepatitis-B infected adolescent subjects aged 12 years to less than 18 years. In all pediatric trials, skeletal growth (height) appeared to be unaffected. For more information, consult the VIREAD prescribing information.
The effects of tenofovir DF-associated changes in BMD and biochemical markers on long-term bone health and future fracture risk are unknown. Assessment of BMD should be considered for adult and pediatric patients who have a history of pathologic bone fracture or other risk factors for osteoporosis or bone loss. Although the effect of supplementation with calcium and vitamin D was not studied, such supplementation may be beneficial for all patients. If bone abnormalities are suspected, then appropriate consultation should be obtained.
Cases of osteomalacia associated with proximal renal tubulopathy, manifested as bone pain or pain in extremities and which may contribute to fractures, have been reported in association with the use of tenofovir DF [See Adverse Reactions (6.3)]. Arthralgias and muscle pain or weakness have also been reported in cases of proximal renal tubulopathy. Hypophosphatemia and osteomalacia secondary to proximal renal tubulopathy should be considered in patients at risk of renal dysfunction who present with persistent or worsening bone or muscle symptoms while receiving products containing tenofovir DF [See Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].
Convulsions have been observed in adult and pediatric patients receiving efavirenz, generally in the presence of known medical history of seizures. Caution must be taken in any patient with a history of seizures.
Patients who are receiving concomitant anticonvulsant medications primarily metabolized by the liver, such as phenytoin and phenobarbital, may require periodic monitoring of plasma levels [See Drug Interactions (7.3)].
Immune Reconstitution Syndrome
Immune reconstitution syndrome has been reported in patients treated with combination antiretroviral therapy, including the components of Atripla. During the initial phase of combination antiretroviral treatment, patients whose immune system responds may develop an inflammatory response to indolent or residual opportunistic infections (such as Mycobacterium avium infection, cytomegalovirus, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia [PCP], or tuberculosis), which may necessitate further evaluation and treatment.
Autoimmune disorders (such as Graves' disease, polymyositis, and Guillain-Barré syndrome) have also been reported to occur in the setting of immune reconstitution; however, the time to onset is more variable, and can occur many months after initiation of treatment.
Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, including central obesity, dorsocervical fat enlargement (buffalo hump), peripheral wasting, facial wasting, breast enlargement, and "cushingoid appearance," has been observed in patients receiving antiretroviral therapy, including efavirenz. The mechanism and long-term consequences of these events are currently unknown. A causal relationship has not been established.
Efavirenz, Emtricitabine and Tenofovir DF: The following adverse reactions are discussed in other sections of the labeling:
- Severe Acute Exacerbations of Hepatitis B [See Boxed Warning, Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
- Lactic Acidosis/Severe Hepatomegaly with Steatosis [See Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
- QTc Prolongation [See Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].
- Psychiatric Symptoms [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].
- Nervous System Symptoms [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].
- New Onset or Worsening Renal Impairment [See Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].
- Rash [See Warnings and Precautions (5.10)].
- Hepatotoxicity [See Warnings and Precautions (5.11)].
- Bone Effects of Tenofovir DF [See Warnings and Precautions (5.12)].
- Immune Reconstitution Syndrome [See Warnings and Precautions (5.14)].
- Fat Redistribution [See Warnings and Precautions (5.15)].
- Drug Interactions [See Contraindications (4.2), Warnings and Precautions (5.2) and Drug Interactions (7)].
For additional safety information about Sustiva (efavirenz), EMTRIVA (emtricitabine), or VIREAD (tenofovir DF) in combination with other antiretroviral agents, consult the prescribing information for these products.
Adverse Reactions from Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
Clinical Trials in Adult Subjects
Study 934 was an open-label active-controlled trial in which 511 antiretroviral-naïve subjects received either emtricitabine + tenofovir DF administered in combination with efavirenz (N=257) or zidovudine/lamivudine administered in combination with efavirenz (N=254).
The most common adverse reactions (incidence greater than or equal to 10%, any severity) occurring in Study 934 include diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, headache, dizziness, depression, insomnia, abnormal dreams, and rash. Adverse reactions observed in Study 934 were generally consistent with those seen in previous trials of the individual components (Table 1).
|General Disorders and Administration Site Condition|
|Infections and Infestations|
|Upper respiratory tract infections||8%||5%|
|Nervous System Disorders|
|Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders|
In Study 073, subjects with stable, virologic suppression on antiretroviral therapy and no history of virologic failure were randomized to receive Atripla or to stay on their baseline regimen. The adverse reactions observed in Study 073 were generally consistent with those seen in Study 934 and those seen with the individual components of Atripla when each was administered in combination with other antiretroviral agents.
Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, or Tenofovir DF
In addition to the adverse reactions in Study 934 and Study 073, the following adverse reactions were observed in clinical trials of efavirenz, emtricitabine, or tenofovir DF in combination with other antiretroviral agents.
Efavirenz: The most significant adverse reactions observed in subjects treated with efavirenz were nervous system symptoms [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7)], psychiatric symptoms [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6)], and rash [See Warnings and Precautions (5.10)].
Selected adverse reactions of moderate-to-severe intensity observed in greater than or equal to 2% of efavirenz-treated subjects in two controlled clinical trials included pain, impaired concentration, abnormal dreams, somnolence, anorexia, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, nervousness, and pruritus.
Pancreatitis has also been reported, although a causal relationship with efavirenz has not been established. Asymptomatic increases in serum amylase levels were observed in a significantly higher number of subjects treated with efavirenz 600 mg than in control subjects.
Emtricitabine and Tenofovir DF: Adverse reactions that occurred in at least 5% of treatment-experienced or treatment-naïve subjects receiving emtricitabine or tenofovir DF with other antiretroviral agents in clinical trials included arthralgia, increased cough, dyspepsia, fever, myalgia, pain, abdominal pain, back pain, paresthesia, peripheral neuropathy (including peripheral neuritis and neuropathy), pneumonia, rhinitis, and rash event (including rash, pruritus, maculopapular rash, urticaria, vesiculobullous rash, pustular rash, and allergic reaction).
Skin discoloration has been reported with higher frequency among emtricitabine-treated subjects; it was manifested by hyperpigmentation on the palms and/or soles and was generally mild and asymptomatic. The mechanism and clinical significance are unknown.
Clinical Trials in Pediatric Subjects
Efavirenz: Assessment of adverse reactions is based on three pediatric clinical trials in 182 HIV-1 infected pediatric subjects 3 months to 21 years of age who received efavirenz in combination with other antiretroviral agents for a median of 123 weeks. The type and frequency of adverse reactions in the three trials were generally similar to that of adult subjects with the exception of a higher incidence of rash, which was reported in 32% (59/182) of pediatric subjects compared to 26% of adults, and a higher frequency of Grade 3 or 4 rash reported in 3% (6/182) of pediatric subjects compared to 0.9% of adults [See Warnings and Precautions (5.10)]. For additional information, please consult the Sustiva prescribing information.
Emtricitabine: In addition to the adverse reactions reported in adults, anemia and hyperpigmentation were observed in 7% and 32%, respectively, of pediatric subjects (3 months to less than 18 years of age) who received treatment with emtricitabine in the larger of two open-label, uncontrolled pediatric trials (N=116). For additional information, please consult the EMTRIVA prescribing information.
Tenofovir DF: In a pediatric clinical trial conducted in subjects 12 to less than 18 years of age, the adverse reactions observed in pediatric subjects who received treatment with tenofovir DF were consistent with those observed in clinical trials of tenofovir DF in adults [See Warnings and Precautions (5.12)].
Efavirenz, Emtricitabine and Tenofovir DF: Laboratory abnormalities observed in Study 934 were generally consistent with those seen in previous trials (Table 2).
|Any ≥ Grade 3 Laboratory Abnormality||30%||26%|
|Fasting Cholesterol (>240 mg/dL)||22%||24%|
(M: >990 U/L)
(F: >845 U/L)
|Serum Amylase (>175 U/L)||8%||4%|
|Alkaline Phosphatase (>550 U/L)||1%||0%|
(M: >180 U/L)
(F: >170 U/L)
(M: >215 U/L)
(F: >170 U/L)
|Hemoglobin (<8.0 mg/dL)||0%||4%|
|Hyperglycemia (>250 mg/dL)||2%||1%|
|Hematuria (>75 RBC/HPF)||3%||2%|
|Fasting Triglycerides (>750 mg/dL)||4%||2%|
Laboratory abnormalities observed in Study 073 were generally consistent with those in Study 934.
In addition to the laboratory abnormalities described for Study 934 (Table 2), Grade 3/4 laboratory abnormalities of increased bilirubin (greater than 2.5 × upper limit of normal (ULN)), increased pancreatic amylase (greater than 2.0 × ULN), increased or decreased serum glucose (less than 40 or greater than 250 mg/dL), and increased serum lipase (greater than 2.0 × ULN) occurred in up to 3% of subjects treated with emtricitabine or tenofovir DF with other antiretroviral agents in clinical trials.
Hepatic Events: In Study 934, 19 subjects treated with efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF and 20 subjects treated with efavirenz and fixed-dose zidovudine/lamivudine were hepatitis B surface antigen or hepatitis C antibody positive. Among these coinfected subjects, one subject (1/19) in the efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF arm had elevations in transaminases to greater than five times ULN through 144 weeks. In the fixed-dose zidovudine/lamivudine arm, two subjects (2/20) had elevations in transaminases to greater than five times ULN through 144 weeks. No HBV and/or HCV coinfected subject discontinued from the trial due to hepatobiliary disorders [See Warnings and Precautions (5.11)].
The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of efavirenz, emtricitabine, or tenofovir DF. Because postmarketing reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
Ear and Labyrinth Disorders
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions
Hepatic enzyme increase, hepatic failure, hepatitis. A few of the postmarketing reports of hepatic failure, including cases in patients with no pre-existing hepatic disease or other identifiable risk factors, were characterized by a fulminant course, progressing in some cases to transplantation or death.
Immune System Disorders
Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders
Redistribution/accumulation of body fat [See Warnings and Precautions (5.15)], hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia
Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders
Arthralgia, myalgia, myopathy
Nervous System Disorders
Abnormal coordination, ataxia, cerebellar coordination and balance disturbances, convulsions, hypoesthesia, paresthesia, neuropathy, tremor
Aggressive reactions, agitation, delusions, emotional lability, mania, neurosis, paranoia, psychosis, suicide, catatonia
Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders
Flushing, erythema multiforme, photoallergic dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome
Emtricitabine: No postmarketing adverse reactions have been identified for inclusion in this section.
Immune System Disorders
Allergic reaction, including angioedema
Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders
Lactic acidosis, hypokalemia, hypophosphatemia
Respiratory, Thoracic, and Mediastinal Disorders
Pancreatitis, increased amylase, abdominal pain
Hepatic steatosis, hepatitis, increased liver enzymes (most commonly AST, ALT, gamma GT)
Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders
Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders
Rhabdomyolysis, osteomalacia (manifested as bone pain and which may contribute to fractures), muscular weakness, myopathy
Renal and Urinary Disorders
Acute renal failure, renal failure, acute tubular necrosis, Fanconi syndrome, proximal renal tubulopathy, interstitial nephritis (including acute cases), nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, renal insufficiency, increased creatinine, proteinuria, polyuria
General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions
The following adverse reactions, listed under the body system headings above, may occur as a consequence of proximal renal tubulopathy: rhabdomyolysis, osteomalacia, hypokalemia, muscular weakness, myopathy, hypophosphatemia.
This section describes clinically relevant drug interactions with Atripla. Drug interaction trials are described elsewhere in the labeling [See Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
Efavirenz has been shown in vivo to induce CYP3A and CYP2B6. Other compounds that are substrates of CYP3A or CYP2B6 may have decreased plasma concentrations when coadministered with efavirenz.
Drugs that induce CYP3A activity (e.g., phenobarbital, rifampin, rifabutin) would be expected to increase the clearance of efavirenz, resulting in lowered plasma concentrations [See Dosage and Administration (2)].
There is limited information available on the potential for a pharmacodynamic interaction between efavirenz and drugs that prolong the QTc interval. QTc prolongation has been observed with the use of efavirenz [See Clinical Pharmacology (12.2)]. Consider alternatives to Atripla when coadministered with a drug with a known risk of Torsade de Pointes.
Emtricitabine and Tenofovir DF
Since emtricitabine and tenofovir are primarily eliminated by the kidneys, coadministration of Atripla with drugs that reduce renal function or compete for active tubular secretion may increase serum concentrations of emtricitabine, tenofovir, and/or other renally eliminated drugs. Some examples include, but are not limited to, acyclovir, adefovir dipivoxil, cidofovir, ganciclovir, valacyclovir, valganciclovir, aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin), and high-dose or multiple NSAIDs [See Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].
Coadministration of tenofovir DF and didanosine should be undertaken with caution, and patients receiving this combination should be monitored closely for didanosine-associated adverse reactions. Didanosine should be discontinued in patients who develop didanosine-associated adverse reactions (for didanosine dosing adjustment recommendations, see Table 3). Suppression of CD4+ cell counts has been observed in patients receiving tenofovir DF with didanosine 400 mg daily.
Darunavir with ritonavir and lopinavir/ritonavir have been shown to increase tenofovir concentrations. Tenofovir DF is a substrate of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) transporters. When tenofovir DF is coadministered with an inhibitor of these transporters, an increase in absorption may be observed. Patients receiving darunavir with ritonavir and Atripla, or lopinavir/ritonavir with Atripla, should be monitored for tenofovir-associated adverse reactions. Atripla should be discontinued in patients who develop tenofovir-associated adverse reactions (Table 3).
Coadministration of atazanavir with Atripla is not recommended, as coadministration of atazanavir with either efavirenz or tenofovir DF has been shown to decrease plasma concentrations of atazanavir. Also, atazanavir has been shown to increase tenofovir concentrations. There are insufficient data to support dosing recommendations for atazanavir or atazanavir/ritonavir in combination with Atripla (Table 3).
Efavirenz, Emtricitabine and Tenofovir DF
Other important drug interaction information for Atripla is summarized in Table 3. The drug interactions described are based on trials conducted with either Atripla, the components of Atripla (efavirenz, emtricitabine, or tenofovir DF) as individual agents, or are potential drug interactions [for pharmacokinetic data see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3), Tables 4−7. The tables include potentially significant interactions, but are not all inclusive].
|Concomitant Drug Class: Drug Name||Effect||Clinical Comment|
|HIV antiviral agents|
|Coadministration of atazanavir with Atripla is not recommended. Coadministration of atazanavir with either efavirenz or tenofovir DF decreases plasma concentrations of atazanavir. The combined effect of efavirenz plus tenofovir DF on atazanavir plasma concentrations is not known. Also, atazanavir has been shown to increase tenofovir concentrations. There are insufficient data to support dosing recommendations for atazanavir or atazanavir/ritonavir in combination with Atripla.|
|↓ amprenavir||Fosamprenavir (unboosted): Appropriate doses of fosamprenavir and Atripla with respect to safety and efficacy have not been established.
Fosamprenavir/ritonavir: An additional 100 mg/day (300 mg total) of ritonavir is recommended when Atripla is administered with fosamprenavir/ritonavir once daily. No change in the ritonavir dose is required when Atripla is administered with fosamprenavir plus ritonavir twice daily.
|↓ indinavir||The optimal dose of indinavir, when given in combination with efavirenz, is not known. Increasing the indinavir dose to 1000 mg every 8 hours does not compensate for the increased indinavir metabolism due to efavirenz.|
|Do not use once daily administration of lopinavir/ritonavir. Dose increase of lopinavir/ritonavir is recommended for all patients when coadministered with efavirenz. Refer to the full prescribing information for lopinavir/ritonavir for guidance on coadministration with efavirenz- or tenofovir-containing regimens, such as Atripla. Patients should be monitored for tenofovir-associated adverse reactions.|
|When ritonavir 500 mg every 12 hours was coadministered with efavirenz 600 mg once daily, the combination was associated with a higher frequency of adverse clinical experiences (e.g., dizziness, nausea, paresthesia) and laboratory abnormalities (elevated liver enzymes). Monitoring of liver enzymes is recommended when Atripla is used in combination with ritonavir.|
|↓ saquinavir||Appropriate doses of the combination of efavirenz and saquinavir/ritonavir with respect to safety and efficacy have not been established.|
|CCR5 co-receptor antagonist:
|↓ maraviroc||Efavirenz decreases plasma concentrations of maraviroc. Refer to the full prescribing information for maraviroc for guidance on coadministration with Atripla.|
|↑ didanosine||Coadministration of Atripla and didanosine should be undertaken with caution, and patients receiving this combination should be monitored closely for didanosine-associated adverse reactions including pancreatitis, lactic acidosis, and neuropathy. A dose reduction of didanosine is recommended when coadministered with tenofovir DF. For additional information on coadministration with tenofovir DF-containing products, please refer to the didanosine prescribing information.|
|↑ or ↓ efavirenz and/or NNRTI||Combining two NNRTIs has not been shown to be beneficial. Atripla contains efavirenz and should not be coadministered with other NNRTIs.|
|Integrase strand transfer inhibitor:
|↓ raltegravir||Efavirenz reduces plasma concentrations of raltegravir. The clinical significance of this interaction has not been directly assessed.|
|Hepatitis C antiviral agents|
|↓ boceprevir||Plasma trough concentrations of boceprevir were decreased when boceprevir was coadministered with efavirenz, which may result in loss of therapeutic effect. The combination should be avoided.|
|Concomitant administration of simeprevir with efavirenz is not recommended because it may result in loss of therapeutic effect of simeprevir.|
|NS5A inhibitors/NS5B polymerase inhibitors:
|↑ tenofovir||Patients receiving Atripla and HARVONI® (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir) concomitantly should be monitored for adverse reactions associated with tenofovir DF.|
|Coadministration of efavirenz-containing regimens and EPCLUSA® (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) is not recommended.|
|↑ or ↓ warfarin||Plasma concentrations and effects potentially increased or decreased by efavirenz.|
|There are insufficient data to make a dose recommendation for Atripla. Alternative anticonvulsant treatment should be used.|
|Potential for reduction in anticonvulsant and/or efavirenz plasma levels; periodic monitoring of anticonvulsant plasma levels should be conducted.|
|↓ buproprion||The effect of efavirenz on bupropion exposure is thought to be due to the induction of bupropion metabolism. Increases in bupropion dosage should be guided by clinical response, but the maximum recommended dose of bupropion should not be exceeded.|
|sertraline||↓ sertraline||Increases in sertraline dose should be guided by clinical response.|
|Since no dose recommendation for itraconazole can be made, alternative antifungal treatment should be considered.|
|ketoconazole||↓ ketoconazole||Drug interaction trials with Atripla and ketoconazole have not been conducted. Efavirenz has the potential to decrease plasma concentrations of ketoconazole.|
|posaconazole||↓ posaconazole||Avoid concomitant use unless the benefit outweighs the risks.|
↑ 14-OH metabolite
|Consider alternatives to macrolide antibiotics because of the risk of QT interval prolongation.|
|↓ rifabutin||Increase daily dose of rifabutin by 50%. Consider doubling the rifabutin dose in regimens where rifabutin is given 2 or 3 times a week.|
|rifampin||↓ efavirenz||If Atripla is coadministered with rifampin to patients weighing 50 kg or more, an additional 200 mg/day of efavirenz is recommended.|
|Consider alternatives to artemether/lumefantrine because of the risk of QT interval prolongation.|
|Concomitant administration of atovaquone/proguanil with Atripla is not recommended.|
|Calcium channel blockers:
↓ desacetyl diltiazem
↓ N-monodes-methyl diltiazem
|Diltiazem dose adjustments should be guided by clinical response (refer to the full prescribing information for diltiazem). No dose adjustment of Atripla is necessary when administered with diltiazem.|
|Others (e.g., felodipine, nicardipine, nifedipine, verapamil)||↓ calcium channel blocker||No data are available on the potential interactions of efavirenz with other calcium channel blockers that are substrates of CYP3A. The potential exists for reduction in plasma concentrations of the calcium channel blocker. Dose adjustments should be guided by clinical response (refer to the full prescribing information for the calcium channel blocker).|
|HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors:
|Plasma concentrations of atorvastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin decreased with efavirenz. Consult the full prescribing information for the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor for guidance on individualizing the dose.|
|↓ active metabolites of norgestimate||A reliable method of barrier contraception must be used in addition to hormonal contraceptives. Efavirenz had no effect on ethinyl estradiol concentrations, but progestin levels (norelgestromin and levonorgestrel) were markedly decreased. No effect of ethinyl estradiol/norgestimate on efavirenz plasma concentrations was observed.|
|↓ etonogestrel||A reliable method of barrier contraception must be used in addition to hormonal contraceptives. The interaction between etonogestrel and efavirenz has not been studied. Decreased exposure of etonogestrel may be expected. There have been postmarketing reports of contraceptive failure with etonogestrel in efavirenz-exposed patients.|
cyclosporine, tacrolimus, sirolimus, and others metabolized by CYP3A
|↓ immuno-suppressant||Decreased exposure of the immunosuppressant may be expected due to CYP3A induction by efavirenz. These immunosuppressants are not anticipated to affect exposure of efavirenz. Dose adjustments of the immunosuppressant may be required. Close monitoring of immunosuppressant concentrations for at least 2 weeks (until stable concentrations are reached) is recommended when starting or stopping treatment with Atripla.|
|↓ methadone||Coadministration of efavirenz in HIV-1 infected individuals with a history of injection drug use resulted in decreased plasma levels of methadone and signs of opiate withdrawal. Methadone dose was increased by a mean of 22% to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Patients should be monitored for signs of withdrawal and their methadone dose increased as required to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.|
Efavirenz Assay Interference
Cannabinoid Test Interaction: Efavirenz does not bind to cannabinoid receptors. False-positive urine cannabinoid test results have been reported with some screening assays in uninfected and HIV-infected subjects receiving efavirenz. Confirmation of positive screening tests for cannabinoids by a more specific method is recommended.
USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
Pregnancy Category D [See Warnings and Precautions (5.9)]
Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry:
To monitor fetal outcomes of pregnant women, an Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry has been established. Physicians are encouraged to register patients who become pregnant by calling (800) 258-4263.
Efavirenz: As of July 2010, the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry has received prospective reports of 792 pregnancies exposed to efavirenz-containing regimens, nearly all of which were first-trimester exposures (718 pregnancies). Birth defects occurred in 17 of 604 live births (first-trimester exposure) and 2 of 69 live births (second/third-trimester exposure). One of these prospectively reported defects with first-trimester exposure was a neural tube defect. A single case of anophthalmia with first-trimester exposure to efavirenz has also been prospectively reported; however, this case included severe oblique facial clefts and amniotic banding, a known association with anophthalmia. There have been six retrospective reports of findings consistent with neural tube defects, including meningomyelocele. All mothers were exposed to efavirenz-containing regimens in the first trimester. Although a causal relationship of these events to the use of efavirenz has not been established, similar defects have been observed in preclinical studies of efavirenz.
Effects of efavirenz on embryo-fetal development have been studied in three nonclinical species (cynomolgus monkeys, rats, and rabbits). In monkeys, efavirenz 60 mg/kg/day was administered to pregnant females throughout pregnancy (gestation Days 20 through 150). The maternal systemic drug exposures (AUC) were 1.3 times the exposure in humans at the recommended clinical dose (600 mg/day), with fetal umbilical venous drug concentrations approximately 0.7 times the maternal values. Three fetuses of 20 fetuses/infants had one or more malformations; there were no malformed fetuses or infants from placebo-treated mothers. The malformations that occurred in these three monkey fetuses included anencephaly and unilateral anophthalmia in one fetus, microphthalmia in a second, and cleft palate in the third. There was no NOAEL (no observable adverse effect level) established for this study because only one dosage was evaluated. In rats, efavirenz was administered either during organogenesis (gestation Days 7 to 18) or from gestation Day 7 through lactation Day 21 at 50, 100, or 200 mg/kg/day. Administration of 200 mg/kg/day in rats was associated with an increase in the incidence of early resorptions, and doses 100 mg/kg/day and greater were associated with early neonatal mortality. The AUC at the NOAEL (50 mg/kg/day) in this rat study was 0.1 times that in humans at the recommended clinical dose. Drug concentrations in the milk on lactation Day 10 were approximately 8 times higher than those in maternal plasma. In pregnant rabbits, efavirenz was neither embryo lethal nor teratogenic when administered at doses of 25, 50, and 75 mg/kg/day over the period of organogenesis (gestation Days 6 through 18). The AUC at the NOAEL (75 mg/kg/day) in rabbits was 0.4 times that in humans at the recommended clinical dose.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that HIV-1 infected mothers not breastfeed their infants to avoid risking postnatal transmission of HIV-1. Studies in humans have shown that efavirenz, tenofovir, and emtricitabine are excreted in human milk. Because the risks of low-level exposure to efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir to infants are unknown, and because of the potential for HIV-1 transmission, mothers should be instructed not to breastfeed if they are receiving Atripla.
Samples of breast milk obtained from five HIV-1 infected mothers show that emtricitabine is secreted in human milk. Breastfeeding infants whose mothers are being treated with emtricitabine may be at risk for developing viral resistance to emtricitabine. Other emtricitabine-associated risks in infants breastfed by mothers being treated with emtricitabine are unknown.
Samples of breast milk obtained from five HIV-1 infected mothers show that tenofovir is secreted in human milk. Tenofovir-associated risks, including the risk of viral resistance to tenofovir, in infants breastfed by mothers being treated with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate are unknown.
Atripla should only be administered to pediatric patients 12 years of age and older with a body weight greater than or equal to 40 kg (greater than or equal to 88 lbs). Because Atripla is a fixed-dose combination tablet, the dose adjustments recommended for pediatric patients younger than 12 years of age for each individual component cannot be made with Atripla [See Warnings and Precautions (5.10, 5.12), Adverse Reactions (6.1), and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
Clinical trials of efavirenz, emtricitabine, or tenofovir DF did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. In general, dose selection for elderly patients should be cautious, keeping in mind the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.
Atripla is not recommended for patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment because there are insufficient data to determine an appropriate dose. Patients with mild hepatic impairment may be treated with Atripla at the approved dose. Because of the extensive cytochrome P450-mediated metabolism of efavirenz and limited clinical experience in patients with hepatic impairment, caution should be exercised in administering Atripla to these patients [See Warnings and Precautions (5.11) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
Because Atripla is a fixed-dose combination, it should not be prescribed for patients requiring dosage adjustment such as those with moderate or severe renal impairment (estimated creatinine clearance below 50 mL/min) [See Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].
If overdose occurs, the patient should be monitored for evidence of toxicity, including monitoring of vital signs and observation of the patient's clinical status; standard supportive treatment should then be applied as necessary. Administration of activated charcoal may be used to aid removal of unabsorbed efavirenz. Hemodialysis can remove both emtricitabine and tenofovir DF (refer to detailed information below), but is unlikely to significantly remove efavirenz from the blood.
Efavirenz: Some patients accidentally taking 600 mg twice daily have reported increased nervous system symptoms. One patient experienced involuntary muscle contractions.
Emtricitabine: Limited clinical experience is available at doses higher than the therapeutic dose of emtricitabine. In one clinical pharmacology trial single doses of emtricitabine 1200 mg were administered to 11 subjects. No severe adverse reactions were reported.
Hemodialysis treatment removes approximately 30% of the emtricitabine dose over a 3-hour dialysis period starting within 1.5 hours of emtricitabine dosing (blood flow rate of 400 mL/min and a dialysate flow rate of 600 mL/min). It is not known whether emtricitabine can be removed by peritoneal dialysis.
Tenofovir DF: Limited clinical experience at doses higher than the therapeutic dose of tenofovir DF 300 mg is available. In one trial, 600 mg tenofovir DF was administered to 8 subjects orally for 28 days, and no severe adverse reactions were reported. The effects of higher doses are not known.
Tenofovir is efficiently removed by hemodialysis with an extraction coefficient of approximately 54%. Following a single 300 mg dose of tenofovir DF, a 4-hour hemodialysis session removed approximately 10% of the administered tenofovir dose.
Atripla is a fixed-dose combination tablet containing efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. Sustiva is the brand name for efavirenz, a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). EMTRIVA is the brand name for emtricitabine, a synthetic nucleoside analog of cytidine. VIREAD is the brand name for tenofovir DF, which is converted in vivo to tenofovir, an acyclic nucleoside phosphonate (nucleotide) analog of adenosine 5′-monophosphate. VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components of TRUVADA.
Atripla tablets are for oral administration. Each tablet contains 600 mg of efavirenz, 200 mg of emtricitabine, and 300 mg of tenofovir DF (which is equivalent to 245 mg of tenofovir disoproxil) as active ingredients. The tablets include the following inactive ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium lauryl sulfate. The tablets are film coated with a coating material containing black iron oxide, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, red iron oxide, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Efavirenz: Efavirenz is chemically described as (S)-6-chloro-4-(cyclopropylethynyl)-1,4-dihydro-4-(trifluoromethyl)-2H-3,1-benzoxazin-2-one. Its molecular formula is C14H9ClF3NO2 and its structural formula is:
Efavirenz is a white to slightly pink crystalline powder with a molecular mass of 315.68. It is practically insoluble in water (less than 10 µg/mL).
Emtricitabine: The chemical name of emtricitabine is 5-fluoro-1-(2R,5S)-[2-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-oxathiolan-5-yl]cytosine. Emtricitabine is the (-) enantiomer of a thio analog of cytidine, which differs from other cytidine analogs in that it has a fluorine in the 5-position.
It has a molecular formula of C8H10FN3O3S and a molecular weight of 247.24. It has the following structural formula:
Emtricitabine is a white to off-white crystalline powder with a solubility of approximately 112 mg/mL in water at 25 °C.
Tenofovir DF: Tenofovir DF is a fumaric acid salt of the bis-isopropoxycarbonyloxymethyl ester derivative of tenofovir. The chemical name of tenofovir DF is 9-[(R)-2[[bis[[(isopropoxycarbonyl)oxy]- methoxy]phosphinyl]methoxy]propyl]adenine fumarate (1:1). It has a molecular formula of C19H30N5O10P ∙ C4H4O4 and a molecular weight of 635.52. It has the following structural formula:
Tenofovir DF is a white to off-white crystalline powder with a solubility of 13.4 mg/mL in water at 25 °C.
Atripla - Clinical Pharmacology
For additional information on Mechanism of Action, Antiviral Activity, Resistance and Cross Resistance, please consult the Sustiva, EMTRIVA, and VIREAD prescribing information.
Mechanism of Action
Atripla is a fixed-dose combination of antiviral drugs efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF [See Microbiology (12.4)].
Efavirenz: The effect of efavirenz on the QTc interval was evaluated in an open-label, positive and placebo-controlled, fixed single sequence 3-period, 3-treatment crossover QT study in 58 healthy subjects enriched for CYP2B6 polymorphisms. The mean Cmax of efavirenz in subjects with CYP2B6 *6/*6 genotype following the administration of 600 mg daily dose for 14 days was 2.25-fold the mean Cmax observed in subjects with CYP2B6 *1/*1 genotype. A positive relationship between efavirenz concentration and QTc prolongation was observed. Based on the concentration-QTc relationship, the mean QTc prolongation and its upper bound 90% confidence interval are 8.7 msec and 11.3 msec in subjects with CYP2B6*6/*6 genotype following the administration of 600 mg daily dose for 14 days [See Warnings and Precautions (5.5)].
Atripla: One Atripla tablet is bioequivalent to one Sustiva tablet (600 mg) plus one EMTRIVA capsule (200 mg) plus one VIREAD tablet (300 mg) following single-dose administration to fasting healthy subjects (N=45).
Efavirenz: In HIV-1 infected subjects time-to-peak plasma concentrations were approximately 3–5 hours and steady-state plasma concentrations were reached in 6–10 days. In 35 HIV-1 infected subjects receiving efavirenz 600 mg once daily, steady-state Cmax was 12.9 ± 3.7 µM (mean ± SD), Cmin was 5.6 ± 3.2 µM, and AUC was 184 ± 73 µM∙hr. Efavirenz is highly bound (approximately 99.5–99.75%) to human plasma proteins, predominantly albumin. Following administration of 14C-labeled efavirenz, 14–34% of the dose was recovered in the urine (mostly as metabolites) and 16–61% was recovered in feces (mostly as parent drug). In vitro studies suggest CYP3A and CYP2B6 are the major isozymes responsible for efavirenz metabolism. Efavirenz has been shown to induce CYP enzymes, resulting in induction of its own metabolism. Efavirenz has a terminal half-life of 52–76 hours after single doses and 40–55 hours after multiple doses.
Emtricitabine: Following oral administration, emtricitabine is rapidly absorbed, with peak plasma concentrations occurring at 1–2 hours postdose. Following multiple dose oral administration of emtricitabine to 20 HIV-1 infected subjects, the steady-state plasma emtricitabine Cmax was 1.8 ± 0.7 µg/mL (mean ± SD) and the AUC over a 24-hour dosing interval was 10.0 ± 3.1 µg∙hr/mL. The mean steady-state plasma trough concentration at 24 hours postdose was 0.09 µg/mL. The mean absolute bioavailability of emtricitabine was 93%. Less than 4% of emtricitabine binds to human plasma proteins in vitro, and the binding is independent of concentration over the range of 0.02–200 µg/mL. Following administration of radiolabelled emtricitabine, approximately 86% is recovered in the urine and 13% is recovered as metabolites. The metabolites of emtricitabine include 3′-sulfoxide diastereomers and their glucuronic acid conjugate. Emtricitabine is eliminated by a combination of glomerular filtration and active tubular secretion with a renal clearance in adults with normal renal function of 213 ± 89 mL/min (mean ± SD). Following a single oral dose, the plasma emtricitabine half-life is approximately 10 hours.
Tenofovir DF: Following oral administration of a single 300 mg dose of tenofovir DF to HIV-1 infected subjects in the fasted state, maximum serum concentrations (Cmax) were achieved in 1.0 ± 0.4 hrs (mean ± SD) and Cmax and AUC values were 296 ± 90 ng/mL and 2287 ± 685 ng∙hr/mL, respectively. The oral bioavailability of tenofovir from tenofovir DF in fasted subjects is approximately 25%. Less than 0.7% of tenofovir binds to human plasma proteins in vitro, and the binding is independent of concentration over the range of 0.01–25 µg/mL. Approximately 70–80% of the intravenous dose of tenofovir is recovered as unchanged drug in the urine. Tenofovir is eliminated by a combination of glomerular filtration and active tubular secretion, with a renal clearance in adults with normal renal function of 243 ± 33 mL/min (mean ± SD). Following a single oral dose, the terminal elimination half-life of tenofovir is approximately 17 hours.
Effects of Food on Oral Absorption
Atripla has not been evaluated in the presence of food. Administration of efavirenz tablets with a high-fat meal increased the mean AUC and Cmax of efavirenz by 28% and 79%, respectively, compared to administration in the fasted state. Compared to fasted administration, dosing of tenofovir DF and emtricitabine in combination with either a high-fat meal or a light meal increased the mean AUC and Cmax of tenofovir by 35% and 15%, respectively, without affecting emtricitabine exposures [See Dosage and Administration (2) and Patient Counseling Information (17)].
Efavirenz: The pharmacokinetics of efavirenz in HIV-1 infected subjects appear to be similar among the racial groups studied.
Emtricitabine: No pharmacokinetic differences due to race have been identified following the administration of emtricitabine.
Tenofovir DF: There were insufficient numbers from racial and ethnic groups other than Caucasian to adequately determine potential pharmacokinetic differences among these populations following the administration of tenofovir DF.
Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, and Tenofovir DF: Efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir pharmacokinetics are similar in male and female subjects.
Atripla should only be administered to pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing greater than or equal to 40 kg (greater than or equal to 88 lb).
Efavirenz: In an open-label trial in NRTI-experienced pediatric subjects (mean age 8 years, range 3−16), the pharmacokinetics of efavirenz in pediatric subjects were similar to the pharmacokinetics in adults who received a 600 mg daily dose of efavirenz. Based on mean steady-state predicted population pharmacokinetic modeling in pediatric subjects weighing >40 kg receiving the 600 mg dose of efavirenz, Cmax was 6.57 µg/mL, Cmin was 2.82 µg/mL, and AUC(0–24) was 254.78 µM∙hr.
Emtricitabine: The pharmacokinetics of emtricitabine at steady state were determined in 27 HIV-1 infected pediatric subjects 13 to 17 years of age receiving a daily dose of 6 mg/kg up to a maximum dose of 240 mg oral solution or a 200 mg capsule; 26 of 27 subjects in this age group received the 200 mg EMTRIVA capsule. Mean ± SD Cmax and AUC were 2.7 ± 0.9 µg/mL and 12.6 ± 5.4 µg∙hr/mL, respectively. Exposures achieved in pediatric subjects 12 to less than 18 years of age were similar to those achieved in adults receiving a once daily dose of 200 mg.
Tenofovir DF: Steady-state pharmacokinetics of tenofovir were evaluated in 8 HIV-1 infected pediatric subjects (12 to less than 18 years). Mean ± SD Cmax and AUCtau are 0.38 ± 0.13 µg/mL and 3.39 ± 1.22 µg∙hr/mL, respectively. Tenofovir exposure achieved in these pediatric subjects receiving oral daily doses of VIREAD 300 mg was similar to exposures achieved in adults receiving once-daily doses of VIREAD 300 mg.
Pharmacokinetics of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir have not been fully evaluated in the elderly (65 years of age and older) [See Use in Specific Populations (8.5)].
Patients with Impaired Renal Function
Efavirenz: The pharmacokinetics of efavirenz have not been studied in subjects with renal insufficiency; however, less than 1% of efavirenz is excreted unchanged in the urine, so the impact of renal impairment on efavirenz elimination should be minimal.
Emtricitabine and Tenofovir DF: The pharmacokinetics of emtricitabine and tenofovir DF are altered in subjects with renal impairment. In subjects with creatinine clearance below 50 mL/min, Cmax and AUC0–∞ of emtricitabine and tenofovir were increased [See Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].
Patients with Hepatic Impairment
Efavirenz: A multiple-dose trial showed no significant effect on efavirenz pharmacokinetics in subjects with mild hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class A) compared with controls. There were insufficient data to determine whether moderate or severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class B or C) affects efavirenz pharmacokinetics [See Warnings and Precautions (5.11) and Use in Specific Populations (8.6)].
Emtricitabine: The pharmacokinetics of emtricitabine have not been studied in subjects with hepatic impairment; however, emtricitabine is not significantly metabolized by liver enzymes, so the impact of liver impairment should be limited.
Tenofovir DF: The pharmacokinetics of tenofovir following a 300 mg dose of tenofovir DF have been studied in non-HIV infected subjects with moderate to severe hepatic impairment. There were no substantial alterations in tenofovir pharmacokinetics in subjects with hepatic impairment compared with unimpaired subjects.
Assessment of Drug Interactions
The drug interaction trials described were conducted with either Atripla or the components of Atripla (efavirenz, emtricitabine, or tenofovir DF) as individual agents.
Efavirenz: The steady-state pharmacokinetics of efavirenz and tenofovir were unaffected when efavirenz and tenofovir DF were administered together versus each agent dosed alone. Specific drug interaction trials have not been performed with efavirenz and NRTIs other than tenofovir, lamivudine, and zidovudine. Clinically significant interactions would not be expected based on NRTIs elimination pathways.
Efavirenz has been shown in vivo to cause hepatic enzyme induction, thus increasing the biotransformation of some drugs metabolized by CYP3A and CYP2B6. In vitro studies have shown that efavirenz inhibited CYP isozymes 2C9 and 2C19 with Ki values (8.5–17 µM) in the range of observed efavirenz plasma concentrations. In in vitro studies, efavirenz did not inhibit CYP2E1 and inhibited CYP2D6 and CYP1A2 (Ki values 82–160 µM) only at concentrations well above those achieved clinically. Coadministration of efavirenz with drugs primarily metabolized by CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP3A or CYP2B6 isozymes may result in altered plasma concentrations of the coadministered drug. Drugs which induce CYP3A and CYP2B6 activity would be expected to increase the clearance of efavirenz resulting in lowered plasma concentrations.
Drug interaction trials were performed with efavirenz and other drugs likely to be coadministered or drugs commonly used as probes for pharmacokinetic interaction. There was no clinically significant interaction observed between efavirenz and zidovudine, lamivudine, azithromycin, fluconazole, lorazepam, cetirizine, or paroxetine. Single doses of famotidine or an aluminum and magnesium antacid with simethicone had no effects on efavirenz exposures. The effects of coadministration of efavirenz on Cmax, AUC, and Cmin are summarized in Table 4 (effect of other drugs on efavirenz) and Table 5 (effect of efavirenz on other drugs). [For information regarding clinical recommendations, see Drug Interactions (7)].
|Mean % Change of Efavirenz Pharmacokinetic Parameters* (90% CI)|
|Coadministered Drug||Dose of Coadministered Drug (mg)||Efavirenz Dose (mg)||N||Cmax||AUC||Cmin|
|NA = not available|
|Lopinavir/ritonavir||400/100 mg q12h × 9 days||600 mg qd × 9 days||11, 12†||↔||↓ 16
(↓ 38 to ↑ 15)
(↓ 42 to ↑ 20)
|Nelfinavir||750 mg q8h × 7 days||600 mg qd × 7 days||10||↓ 12
(↓ 32 to ↑13)‡
(↓ 35 to ↑ 18)‡
(↓ 53 to ↑ 33)
|Ritonavir||500 mg q12h × 8 days||600 mg qd × 10 days||9||↑ 14
(↑ 4 to ↑ 26)
(↑ 10 to ↑ 34)
(↑ 7 to ↑ 46)‡
|Boceprevir||800 mg tid × 6 days||600 mg qd × 16 days||NA||↑11
(↑ 2 to ↑ 20)
(↑ 15 to ↑ 26)
|Rifabutin||300 mg qd × 14 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||11||↔||↔||↓ 12
(↓ 24 to ↑ 1)
|Rifampin||600 mg × 7 days||600 mg qd × 7 days||12||↓ 20
(↓ 11 to ↓ 28)
(↓ 15 to ↓ 36)
(↓ 15 to ↓ 46)
|Artemether/Lumefantrine||Artemether 20 mg/lumefantrine 120 mg tablets (6 4-tablet doses over 3 days)||600 mg qd × 26 days||12||↔||↓17||NA|
|Simvastatin||40 mg qd × 4 days||600 mg qd × 15 days||14||↓ 12
(↓ 28 to ↑ 8)
(↓ 25 to ↑ 3)
|Carbamazepine||200 mg qd × 3 days, 200 mg bid × 3 days, then 400 mg qd × 15 days||600 mg qd × 35 days||14||↓ 21
(↓ 15 to ↓ 26)
(↓ 32 to ↓ 40)
(↓ 41 to ↓ 53)
|Diltiazem||240 mg × 14 days||600 mg qd × 28 days||12||↑ 16
(↑ 6 to ↑ 26)
(↑ 5 to ↑ 18)
(↑ 1 to ↑ 26)
|Voriconazole||400 mg po q12h × 1 day then 200 mg po q12h × 8 days||400 mg qd × 9 days||NA||↑ 38§||↑ 44§||NA|
|300 mg po q12h
|300 mg qd × 7 days||NA||↓ 14¶
(↓ 7 to ↓ 21)
|400 mg po q12h days 2–7||300 mg qd × 7 days||NA||↔¶||↑ 17¶
(↑ 6 to ↑ 29)
No effect on the pharmacokinetic parameters of efavirenz was observed with the following coadministered drugs: indinavir, saquinavir soft gelatin capsule, simeprevir, ledipasvir/sofosbuvir, sofosbuvir, clarithromycin, itraconazole, atorvastatin, pravastatin, or sertraline.
|Mean % Change of Coadministered Drug Pharmacokinetic Parameters* (90% CI)|
|Coadministered Drug||Dose of Coadministered Drug (mg)||Efavirenz Dose (mg)||N||Cmax||AUC||Cmin|
|NA = not available|
|Atazanavir||400 mg qd with a light meal d 1–20||600 mg qd with a light meal d 7–20||27||↓ 59
(↓ 49 to ↓ 67)
(↓ 68 to ↓78)
(↓ 90 to ↓ 95)
|400 mg qd d 1–6, then 300 mg qd d 7–20 with ritonavir 100 mg qd and a light meal||600 mg qd 2 h after atazanavir and ritonavir d 7–20||13||↑ 14†
(↓ 17 to ↑ 58)
(↑ 2 to ↑ 88)
(↑ 24 to ↑ 76)
|300 mg qd/ritonavir 100 mg qd d 1–10 (pm), then 400 mg qd/ritonavir 100 mg qd d 11–24 (pm) (simultaneous with efavirenz)||600 mg qd with a light snack d 11–24 (pm)||14||↑ 17
(↑ 8 to ↑ 27)
(↓ 31 to ↓ 51)
|Indinavir||1000 mg q8h × 10 days||600 mg qd × 10 days||20|
|After morning dose||↔‡||↓ 33‡
(↓ 26 to ↓ 39)
(↓ 24 to ↓ 51)
|After afternoon dose||↔‡||↓ 37‡
(↓ 26 to ↓ 46)
(↓ 47 to ↓ 57)
|After evening dose||↓ 29‡
(↓ 11 to ↓ 43)
(↓ 37 to ↓ 54)
(↓ 50 to ↓ 63)
|Lopinavir/ritonavir||400/100 mg q12h × 9 days||600 mg qd × 9 days||11, 7§||↔¶||↓ 19¶
(↓ 36 to ↑ 3)
(↓ 3 to ↓ 62)
|Nelfinavir||750 mg q8h × 7 days||600 mg qd × 7 days||10||↑ 21
(↑ 10 to↑ 33)
(↑ 8 to ↑ 34)
|Metabolite AG-1402||↓ 40
(↓ 30 to ↓ 48)
(↓ 25 to ↓ 48)
(↓ 21 to ↓ 59)
|Ritonavir||500 mg q12h × 8 days||600 mg qd × 10 days||11|
|After AM dose||↑ 24
(↑ 12 to ↑ 38)
(↑ 6 to ↑ 33)
(↑ 9 to ↑ 86)#
|After PM dose||↔||↔||↑ 24
(↑ 3 to ↑ 50)#
|Saquinavir SGCÞ||1200 mg q8h × 10 days||600 mg qd × 10 days||12||↓ 50
(↓ 28 to ↓ 66)
(↓ 45 to ↓74)
(↓ 16 to ↓ 77)#
|Maraviroc||100 mg bid||600 mg qd||12||↓ 51
(↓ 37 to ↓ 62)
(↓ 38 to ↓ 51)
(↓ 28 to ↓ 57)
|Raltegravir||400 mg single dose||600 mg qd||9||↓ 36
(↓ 2 to ↓ 59)
(↓ 20 to ↓ 48)
(↓ 51 to ↑ 28)
|Boceprevir||800 mg tid × 6 days||600 mg qd × 16 days||NA||↓ 8
(↓ 22 to ↑ 8)
(↓ 11 to ↓ 25)
(↓ 26 to ↓ 58)
|Simeprevir||150 mg qd × 14 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||23||↓ 51
(↓ 46 to ↓ 56)
(↓ 67 to ↓ 74)
(↓ 88 to ↓ 92)
|Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvirß||90/400 mg qd × 14 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||15|
(↓ 25 to ↓ 41)
(↓ 25 to ↓ 41)
(↓ 24 to ↓ 43)
|Sofosbuvirè||400 mg qd single dose||600 mg qd × 14 days||16||↓ 19
(↓ 40 to ↑ 10)
(↓ 16 to ↓ 30)
(↓ 24 to ↓ 8)
|Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvirð||400/100 mg qd × 14 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||14|
(↑ 14 to ↑ 67)
(↓ 20 to ↓ 7)
(↓ 57 to ↓ 36)
(↓ 61 to ↓ 43)
(↓ 64 to ↓ 48)
|Clarithromycin||500 mg q12h × 7 days||400 mg qd × 7 days||11||↓ 26
(↓ 15 to ↓ 35)
(↓ 30 to ↓ 46)
(↓ 42 to ↓ 63)
|14-OH metabolite||↑ 49
(↑ 32 to ↑ 69)
(↑ 18 to ↑ 53)
(↑ 9 to ↑ 45)
|Itraconazole||200 mg q12h × 28 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||18||↓ 37
(↓ 20 to ↓ 51)
(↓ 21 to ↓ 53)
(↓ 27 to ↓ 58)
(↓ 12 to ↓ 52)
(↓ 14 to ↓ 55)
(↓ 18 to ↓ 60)
|Posaconazole||400 mg (oral suspension) bid × 10 and 20 days||400 mg qd × 10 and 20 days||11||↓ 45
(↓ 34 to ↓ 53)
(↓ 40 to ↓ 57)
|Rifabutin||300 mg qd × 14 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||9||↓ 32
(↓ 15 to ↓ 46)
(↓ 28 to ↓ 47)
(↓ 31 to ↓ 56)
|Artemether/lumefantrine||Artemether 20 mg/lumefantrine 120 mg tablets (6 4-tablet doses over 3 days)||600 mg qd × 26 days||12|
|Artemether||↓ 21||↓ 51||NA|
|dihydroartemisinin||↓ 38||↓ 46||NA|
|Atorvastatin||10 mg qd × 4 days||600 mg qd × 15 days||14||↓ 14
(↓ 1 to ↓ 26)
(↓ 34 to ↓ 50)
(↓ 49 to ↓ 81)
|Total active (including metabolites)||↓ 15
(↓ 2 to ↓ 26)
(↓ 21 to ↓ 41)
(↓ 23 to ↓ 64)
|Pravastatin||40 mg qd × 4 days||600 mg qd × 15 days||13||↓ 32
(↓ 59 to ↑ 12)
(↓ 26 to ↓ 57)
(↓ 0 to ↓ 35)
|Simvastatin||40 mg qd × 4 days||600 mg qd × 15 days||14||↓ 72
(↓ 63 to ↓ 79)
(↓ 62 to ↓ 73)
(↓ 20 to ↓ 62)
|Total active (including metabolites)||↓ 68
(↓ 55 to ↓ 78)
(↓ 52 to ↓ 68)
|Carbamazepine||200 mg qd × 3 days, 200 mg bid × 3 days, then 400 mg qd × 29 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||12||↓ 20
(↓ 15 to ↓ 24)
(↓ 20 to ↓ 33)
(↓ 24 to ↓ 44)
|Epoxide metabolite||↔||↔||↓ 13
(↓ 30 to ↑ 7)
|Diltiazem||240 mg × 21 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||13||↓ 60
(↓ 50 to ↓ 68)
(↓ 55 to ↓ 79)
(↓ 44 to ↓ 75)
|Desacetyl diltiazem||↓ 64
(↓ 57 to ↓ 69)
(↓ 59 to ↓ 84)
(↓ 44 to ↓ 75)
|N-monodesmethyl diltiazem||↓ 28
(↓ 7 to ↓ 44)
(↓ 17 to ↓ 52)
(↓ 17 to ↓ 52)
|Ethinyl estradiol/ Norgestimate||0.035 mg/0.25 mg × 14 days||600 mg qd × 14 days|
(↓ 39 to ↓ 52)
(↓ 62 to ↓ 67)
(↓ 79 to ↓ 85)
(↓ 77 to ↓ 83)
(↓ 79 to ↓ 87)
(↓ 80 to ↓ 90)
|Methadone||Stable maintenance 35–100 mg daily||600 mg qd × 14–21 days||11||↓ 45
(↓ 25 to ↓ 59)
(↓ 33 to ↓ 66)
|Bupropion||150 mg single dose
|600 mg qd × 14 days||13||↓ 34
(↓ 21 to ↓ 47)
(↓ 48 to ↓ 62)
(↑ 20 to ↑ 80)
|Sertraline||50 mg qd × 14 days||600 mg qd × 14 days||13||↓ 29
(↓ 15 to ↓ 40)
(↓ 27 to ↓ 50)
(↓ 31 to ↓ 58)
|Voriconazole||400 mg po q12h × 1 day then 200 mg po q12h × 8 days||400 mg qd × 9 days||NA||↓ 61ý||↓ 77ý||NA|
|300 mg po q12h days 2–7||300 mg qd × 7 days||NA||↓ 36£
(↓ 21 to ↓ 49)
(↓ 45 to ↓ 62)
|400 mg po q12h days 2–7||300 mg qd × 7 days||NA||↑ 23£
(↓ 1 to ↑ 53)
(↓ 23 to ↑ 13)
Emtricitabine and Tenofovir DF: The steady-state pharmacokinetics of emtricitabine and tenofovir were unaffected when emtricitabine and tenofovir DF were administered together versus each agent dosed alone.
In vitro and clinical pharmacokinetic drug-drug interaction studies have shown that the potential for CYP mediated interactions involving emtricitabine and tenofovir with other medicinal products is low.
Emtricitabine and tenofovir are primarily excreted by the kidneys by a combination of glomerular filtration and active tubular secretion. No drug-drug interactions due to competition for renal excretion have been observed; however, coadministration of emtricitabine and tenofovir DF with drugs that are eliminated by active tubular secretion may increase concentrations of emtricitabine, tenofovir, and/or the coadministered drug.
Drugs that decrease renal function may increase concentrations of emtricitabine and/or tenofovir.
No clinically significant drug interactions have been observed between emtricitabine and famciclovir, indinavir, sofosbuvir/velpatasvir, stavudine, tenofovir DF, and zidovudine. Similarly, no clinically significant drug interactions have been observed between tenofovir DF and abacavir, efavirenz, emtricitabine, entecavir, indinavir, lamivudine, lopinavir/ritonavir, methadone, nelfinavir, oral contraceptives, ribavirin, saquinavir/ritonavir, sofosbuvir, or tacrolimus in trials conducted in healthy volunteers.
Following multiple dosing to HIV-negative subjects receiving either chronic methadone maintenance therapy, oral contraceptives, or single doses of ribavirin, steady-state tenofovir pharmacokinetics were similar to those observed in previous trials, indicating a lack of clinically significant drug interactions between these agents and tenofovir DF.
The effects of coadministered drugs on the Cmax, AUC, and Cmin of tenofovir are shown in Table 6. The effects of coadministration of tenofovir DF on Cmax, AUC, and Cmin of coadministered drugs are shown in Table 7.
|Coadministered Drug||Dose of Coadministered Drug (mg)||N||Mean % Change of Tenofovir Pharmacokinetic Parameters‡
|Atazanavir§||400 once daily × 14 days||33||↑ 14
(↑ 8 to ↑ 20)
(↑ 21 to ↑ 28)
(↑ 15 to ↑ 30)
|Atazanavir/ritonavir§||300/100 once daily||12||↑ 34
(↑ 20 to ↑ 51)
(↑ 30 to ↑ 45)
(↑ 21 to ↑ 36)
|Darunavir/ritonavir¶||300/100 twice daily||12||↑ 24
(↑ 8 to ↑ 42)
(↑ 10 to ↑ 35)
(↑ 19 to ↑ 57)
|Didanosine#||250 or 400 once daily × 7 days||14||↔||↔||↔|
|Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir||90/400 once daily||15||↑ 79
(↑ 56 to ↑ 104)
(↑ 77 to ↑ 123)
(↑ 132 to ↑ 197)
|Lopinavir/ritonavir||400/100 twice daily × 14 days||24||↔||↑ 32
(↑ 25 to ↑ 38)
(↑ 37 to ↑ 66)
|Sofosbuvir||400 once daily||16||↑ 25
(↑ 8 to ↑ 45)
|Sofosbuvir/velpatasvir||400/100 once daily||15||↑ 77
(↑ 53 to ↑ 104)
(↑ 68 to ↑ 94)
(↑ 100 to ↑ 143)
|Tipranavir/ ritonavirÞ||500/100 twice daily||22||↓ 23
(↓ 32 to ↓ 13)
(↓ 9 to ↑ 5)
(↓ 2 to ↑ 17)
|750/200 twice daily (23 doses)||20||↓ 38
(↓ 46 to ↓ 29)
(↓ 6 to ↑ 10)
(↑ 1 to ↑ 27)
|Coadministered Drug||Dose of Coadministered Drug (mg)||N||Mean % Change of Coadministered Drug Pharmacokinetic Parameters‡
|Atazanavir§||400 once daily
× 14 days
(↓ 27 to ↓ 14)
(↓ 30 to ↓ 19)
(↓ 48 to ↓ 32)
300/100 once daily
× 42 days
(↓ 50 to ↑ 5)
(↓ 42 to ↓ 3)
(↓ 46 to ↑ 10)
|Darunavir#||Darunavir/ritonavir 300/100 once daily||12||↑ 16
(↓ 6 to ↑ 42)
(↓ 5 to ↑ 54)
(↓ 10 to ↑ 69)
|DidanosineÞ||250 once, simultaneously with tenofovir DF and a light mealß||33||↓ 20à
(↓ 32 to ↓ 7)
|Lopinavir||Lopinavir/ritonavir 400/100 twice daily × 14 days||24||↔||↔||↔|
|Ritonavir||Lopinavir/ritonavir 400/100 twice daily × 14 days||24||↔||↔||↔|
|Tipranavirè||Tipranavir/ritonavir 500/100 twice daily||22||↓ 17
(↓ 26 to ↓ 6)
(↓ 25 to ↓ 9)
(↓ 30 to ↓ 10)
|Tipranavir/ritonavir 750/200 twice daily (23 doses)||20||↓ 11
(↓ 16 to ↓ 4)
(↓ 15 to ↓ 3)
(↓ 22 to 0)
Coadministration of tenofovir DF with didanosine results in changes in the pharmacokinetics of didanosine that may be of clinical significance. Concomitant dosing of tenofovir DF with didanosine enteric-coated capsules significantly increases the Cmax and AUC of didanosine. When didanosine 250 mg enteric-coated capsules were administered with tenofovir DF, systemic exposures of didanosine were similar to those seen with the 400 mg enteric-coated capsules alone under fasted conditions. The mechanism of this interaction is unknown [for didanosine dosing adjustment recommendations see Drug Interactions (7.3), Table 3].
Mechanism of Action
Efavirenz: Efavirenz is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase (RT) inhibitor of HIV-1. Efavirenz activity is mediated predominantly by noncompetitive inhibition of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase. HIV-2 RT and human cellular DNA polymerases α, β, γ, and δ are not inhibited by efavirenz.
Emtricitabine: Emtricitabine, a synthetic nucleoside analog of cytidine, is phosphorylated by cellular enzymes to form emtricitabine 5'-triphosphate. Emtricitabine 5'-triphosphate inhibits the activity of the HIV-1 RT by competing with the natural substrate deoxycytidine 5'-triphosphate and by being incorporated into nascent viral DNA which results in chain termination. Emtricitabine 5′-triphosphate is a weak inhibitor of mammalian DNA polymerases α, β, ε, and mitochondrial DNA polymerase γ.
Tenofovir DF: Tenofovir DF is an acyclic nucleoside phosphonate diester analog of adenosine monophosphate. Tenofovir DF requires initial diester hydrolysis for conversion to tenofovir and subsequent phosphorylations by cellular enzymes to form tenofovir diphosphate. Tenofovir diphosphate inhibits the activity of HIV-1 RT by competing with the natural substrate deoxyadenosine 5′-triphosphate and, after incorporation into DNA, by DNA chain termination. Tenofovir diphosphate is a weak inhibitor of mammalian DNA polymerases α, β, and mitochondrial DNA polymerase γ.
Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, and Tenofovir DF: In combination studies evaluating the antiviral activity in cell culture of emtricitabine and efavirenz together, efavirenz and tenofovir together, and emtricitabine and tenofovir together, additive to synergistic antiviral effects were observed.
Efavirenz: The concentration of efavirenz inhibiting replication of wild-type laboratory adapted strains and clinical isolates in cell culture by 90–95% (EC90–95) ranged from 1.7–25 nM in lymphoblastoid cell lines, peripheral blood mononuclear cells, and macrophage/monocyte cultures. Efavirenz demonstrated additive antiviral activity against HIV-1 in cell culture when combined with non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs) (delavirdine and nevirapine), nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) (abacavir, didanosine, lamivudine, stavudine, zalcitabine, and zidovudine), protease inhibitors (PIs) (amprenavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir), and the fusion inhibitor enfuvirtide. Efavirenz demonstrated additive to antagonistic antiviral activity in cell culture with atazanavir. Efavirenz demonstrated antiviral activity against clade B and most non-clade B isolates (subtypes A, AE, AG, C, D, F, G, J, and N), but had reduced antiviral activity against group O viruses. Efavirenz is not active against HIV-2.
Emtricitabine: The antiviral activity in cell culture of emtricitabine against laboratory and clinical isolates of HIV-1 was assessed in lymphoblastoid cell lines, the MAGI-CCR5 cell line, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells. The 50% effective concentration (EC50) values for emtricitabine were in the range of 0.0013–0.64 µM (0.0003–0.158 µg/mL). In drug combination studies of emtricitabine with NRTIs (abacavir, lamivudine, stavudine, zalcitabine, and zidovudine), NNRTIs (delavirdine, efavirenz, and nevirapine), and PIs (amprenavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir), additive to synergistic effects were observed. Emtricitabine displayed antiviral activity in cell culture against HIV-1 clades A, B, C, D, E, F, and G (EC50 values ranged from 0.007–0.075 µM) and showed strain-specific activity against HIV-2 (EC50 values ranged from 0.007–1.5 µM).
Tenofovir DF: The antiviral activity in cell culture of tenofovir against laboratory and clinical isolates of HIV-1 was assessed in lymphoblastoid cell lines, primary monocyte/macrophage cells and peripheral blood lymphocytes. The EC50 values for tenofovir were in the range of 0.04–8.5 µM. In drug combination studies of tenofovir with NRTIs (abacavir, didanosine, lamivudine, stavudine, zalcitabine, and zidovudine), NNRTIs (delavirdine, efavirenz, and nevirapine), and PIs (amprenavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir), additive to synergistic effects were observed. Tenofovir displayed antiviral activity in cell culture against HIV-1 clades A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and O (EC50 values ranged from 0.5–2.2 µM) and showed strain-specific activity against HIV-2 (EC50 values ranged from 1.6–5.5 µM).
Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, and Tenofovir DF: HIV-1 isolates with reduced susceptibility to the combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir have been selected in cell culture and in clinical trials. Genotypic analysis of these isolates identified the M184V/I and/or K65R amino acid substitutions in the viral RT. In addition, a K70E substitution in HIV-1 reverse transcriptase has been selected by tenofovir and results in reduced susceptibility to tenofovir.
In a clinical trial of treatment-naïve subjects [Study 934, see Clinical Studies (14)] resistance analysis was performed on HIV-1 isolates from all confirmed virologic failure subjects with greater than 400 copies/mL of HIV-1 RNA at Week 144 or early discontinuations. Genotypic resistance to efavirenz, predominantly the K103N substitution, was the most common form of resistance that developed. Resistance to efavirenz occurred in 13/19 analyzed subjects in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF group and in 21/29 analyzed subjects in the zidovudine/lamivudine fixed-dose combination group. The M184V amino acid substitution, associated with resistance to emtricitabine and lamivudine, was observed in 2/19 analyzed subject isolates in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF group and in 10/29 analyzed subject isolates in the zidovudine/lamivudine group. Through 144 weeks of Study 934, no subjects developed a detectable K65R substitution in their HIV-1 as analyzed through standard genotypic analysis.
In a clinical trial of treatment-naïve subjects, isolates from 8/47 (17%) analyzed subjects receiving tenofovir DF developed the K65R substitution through 144 weeks of therapy; 7 of these occurred in the first 48 weeks of treatment and one at Week 96. In treatment experienced subjects, 14/304 (5%) of tenofovir DF treated subjects with virologic failure through Week 96 showed greater than 1.4-fold (median 2.7) reduced susceptibility to tenofovir. Genotypic analysis of the resistant isolates showed a substitution in the HIV-1 RT gene resulting in the K65R amino acid substitution.
Efavirenz: Clinical isolates with reduced susceptibility in cell culture to efavirenz have been obtained. The most frequently observed amino acid substitution in clinical trials with efavirenz is K103N (54%). One or more RT substitutions at amino acid positions 98, 100, 101, 103, 106, 108, 188, 190, 225, 227, and 230 were observed in subjects failing treatment with efavirenz in combination with other antiretrovirals. Other resistance substitutions observed to emerge commonly included L100I (7%), K101E/Q/R (14%), V108I (11%), G190S/T/A (7%), P225H (18%), and M230I/L (11%).
HIV-1 isolates with reduced susceptibility to efavirenz (greater than 380-fold increase in EC90 value) emerged rapidly under selection in cell culture. Genotypic characterization of these viruses identified substitutions resulting in single amino acid substitutions L100I or V179D, double substitutions L100I/V108I, and triple substitutions L100I/V179D/Y181C in RT.
Emtricitabine: Emtricitabine-resistant isolates of HIV-1 have been selected in cell culture and in clinical trials. Genotypic analysis of these isolates showed that the reduced susceptibility to emtricitabine was associated with a substitution in the HIV-1 RT gene at codon 184 which resulted in an amino acid substitution of methionine by valine or isoleucine (M184V/I).
Tenofovir DF: HIV-1 isolates with reduced susceptibility to tenofovir have been selected in cell culture. These viruses expressed a K65R substitution in RT and showed a 2- to 4-fold reduction in susceptibility to tenofovir.
Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, and Tenofovir DF: Cross resistance has been recognized among NNRTIs. Cross resistance has also been recognized among certain NRTIs. The M184V/I and/or K65R substitutions selected in cell culture by the combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir are also observed in some HIV-1 isolates from subjects failing treatment with tenofovir in combination with either lamivudine or emtricitabine, and either abacavir or didanosine. Therefore, cross resistance among these drugs may occur in patients whose virus harbors either or both of these amino acid substitutions.
Efavirenz: Clinical isolates previously characterized as efavirenz resistant were also phenotypically resistant in cell culture to delavirdine and nevirapine compared to baseline. Delavirdine- and/or nevirapine-resistant clinical viral isolates with NNRTI resistance-associated substitutions (A98G, L100I, K101E/P, K103N/S, V106A, Y181X, Y188X, G190X, P225H, F227L, or M230L) showed reduced susceptibility to efavirenz in cell culture. Greater than 90% of NRTI-resistant isolates tested in cell culture retained susceptibility to efavirenz.
Emtricitabine: Emtricitabine-resistant isolates (M184V/I) were cross resistant to lamivudine but retained susceptibility in cell culture to didanosine, stavudine, tenofovir, zidovudine, and NNRTIs (delavirdine, efavirenz, and nevirapine). HIV-1 isolates containing the K65R substitution, selected in vivo by abacavir, didanosine, and tenofovir, demonstrated reduced susceptibility to inhibition by emtricitabine. Viruses harboring substitutions conferring reduced susceptibility to stavudine and zidovudine (M41L, D67N, K70R, L210W, T215Y/F, and K219Q/E) or didanosine (L74V) remained sensitive to emtricitabine.
Tenofovir DF: Cross resistance has been observed among NRTIs. The K65R substitution in HIV-1 RT selected by tenofovir is also selected in some HIV-1 infected patients treated with abacavir, or didanosine. HIV-1 isolates with the K65R substitution also showed reduced susceptibility to emtricitabine and lamivudine. Therefore, cross resistance among these drugs may occur in patients whose virus harbors the K65R substitution. The K70E substitution selected clinically by tenofovir DF results in reduced susceptibility to abacavir, didanosine, emtricitabine, and lamivudine. HIV-1 isolates from subjects (N=20) whose HIV-1 expressed a mean of 3 zidovudine-associated RT amino acid substitutions (M41L, D67N, K70R, L210W, T215Y/F, or K219Q/E/N) showed a 3.1-fold decrease in the susceptibility to tenofovir. Subjects whose virus expressed an L74V substitution without zidovudine resistance associated substitutions (N=8) had reduced response to VIREAD. Limited data are available for patients whose virus expressed a Y115F substitution (N=3), Q151M substitution (N=2), or T69 insertion (N=4), all of whom had a reduced response.
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility
Efavirenz: Long-term carcinogenicity studies in mice and rats were carried out with efavirenz. Mice were dosed with 0, 25, 75, 150, or 300 mg/kg/day for 2 years. Incidences of hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas and pulmonary alveolar/bronchiolar adenomas were increased above background in females. No increases in tumor incidence above background were seen in males. In studies in which rats were administered efavirenz at doses of 0, 25, 50, or 100 mg/kg/day for 2 years, no increases in tumor incidence above background were observed. The systemic exposure (based on AUCs) in mice was approximately 1.7-fold that in humans receiving the 600-mg/day dose. The exposure in rats was lower than that in humans. The mechanism of the carcinogenic potential is unknown. However, in genetic toxicology assays, efavirenz showed no evidence of mutagenic or clastogenic activity in a battery of in vitro and in vivo studies. These included bacterial mutation assays in S. typhimurium and E. coli, mammalian mutation assays in Chinese hamster ovary cells, chromosome aberration assays in human peripheral blood lymphocytes or Chinese hamster ovary cells, and an in vivo mouse bone marrow micronucleus assay. Given the lack of genotoxic activity of efavirenz, the relevance to humans of neoplasms in efavirenz-treated mice is not known.
Efavirenz did not impair mating or fertility of male or female rats, and did not affect sperm of treated male rats. The reproductive performance of offspring born to female rats given efavirenz was not affected. As a result of the rapid clearance of efavirenz in rats, systemic drug exposures achieved in these studies were equivalent to or below those achieved in humans given therapeutic doses of efavirenz.
Emtricitabine: In long-term carcinogenicity studies of emtricitabine, no drug-related increases in tumor incidence were found in mice at doses up to 750 mg/kg/day (26 times the human systemic exposure at the therapeutic dose of 200 mg/day) or in rats at doses up to 600 mg/day (31 times the human systemic exposure at the therapeutic dose).
Emtricitabine was not genotoxic in the reverse mutation bacterial test (Ames test), or the mouse lymphoma or mouse micronucleus assays.
Emtricitabine did not affect fertility in male rats at approximately 140-fold or in male and female mice at approximately 60-fold higher exposures (AUC) than in humans given the recommended 200 mg daily dose. Fertility was normal in the offspring of mice exposed daily from before birth (in utero) through sexual maturity at daily exposures (AUC) of approximately 60-fold higher than human exposures at the recommended 200 mg daily dose.
Tenofovir DF: Long-term oral carcinogenicity studies of tenofovir DF in mice and rats were carried out at exposures up to approximately 16 times (mice) and 5 times (rats) those observed in humans at the therapeutic dose for HIV-1 infection. At the high dose in female mice, liver adenomas were increased at exposures 16 times that in humans. In rats, the study was negative for carcinogenic findings at exposures up to 5 times that observed in humans at the therapeutic dose.
Tenofovir DF was mutagenic in the in vitro mouse lymphoma assay and negative in an in vitro bacterial mutagenicity test (Ames test). In an in vivo mouse micronucleus assay, tenofovir DF was negative when administered to male mice.
There were no effects on fertility, mating performance, or early embryonic development when tenofovir DF was administered to male rats at a dose equivalent to 10 times the human dose based on body surface area comparisons for 28 days prior to mating and to female rats for 15 days prior to mating through Day 7 of gestation. There was, however, an alteration of the estrous cycle in female rats.
Animal Toxicology and/or Pharmacology
Efavirenz: Nonsustained convulsions were observed in 6 of 20 monkeys receiving efavirenz at doses yielding plasma AUC values 4- to 13-fold greater than those in humans given the recommended dose.
Tenofovir DF: Tenofovir and tenofovir DF administered in toxicology studies to rats, dogs, and monkeys at exposures (based on AUCs) greater than or equal to 6-fold those observed in humans caused bone toxicity. In monkeys the bone toxicity was diagnosed as osteomalacia. Osteomalacia observed in monkeys appeared to be reversible upon dose reduction or discontinuation of tenofovir. In rats and dogs, the bone toxicity manifested as reduced bone mineral density. The mechanism(s) underlying bone toxicity is unknown.
Evidence of renal toxicity was noted in 4 animal species administered tenofovir and tenofovir DF. Increases in serum creatinine, BUN, glycosuria, proteinuria, phosphaturia and/or calciuria and decreases in serum phosphate were observed to varying degrees in these animals. These toxicities were noted at exposures (based on AUCs) 2- to 20-times higher than those observed in humans. The relationship of the renal abnormalities, particularly the phosphaturia, to the bone toxicity is not known.
Clinical Study 934 supports the use of Atripla tablets in antiretroviral treatment-naïve HIV-1 infected patients. Additional data in support of the use of Atripla in treatment- naïve patients can be found in the prescribing information for VIREAD.
Clinical Study 073 provides clinical experience in subjects with stable, virologic suppression and no history of virologic failure who switched from their current regimen to Atripla.
In antiretroviral treatment-experienced patients, the use of Atripla tablets may be considered for patients with HIV-1 strains that are expected to be susceptible to the components of Atripla as assessed by treatment history or by genotypic or phenotypic testing [See Microbiology (12.4)].
Study 934: Data through 144 weeks are reported for Study 934, a randomized, open-label, active-controlled multicenter trial comparing emtricitabine + tenofovir DF administered in combination with efavirenz versus zidovudine/lamivudine fixed-dose combination administered in combination with efavirenz in 511 antiretroviral-naïve subjects. From Weeks 96 to 144 of the trial, subjects received emtricitabine/tenofovir DF fixed-dose combination with efavirenz in place of emtricitabine + tenofovir DF with efavirenz. Subjects had a mean age of 38 years (range 18–80); 86% were male, 59% were Caucasian, and 23% were Black. The mean baseline CD4+ cell count was 245 cells/mm3 (range 2–1191), and median baseline plasma HIV-1 RNA was 5.01 log10 copies/mL (range 3.56–6.54). Subjects were stratified by baseline CD4+ cell count (< or ≥200 cells/mm3), and 41% had CD4+ cell counts <200 cells/mm3. Fifty-one percent (51%) of subjects had baseline viral loads >100,000 copies/mL. Treatment outcomes through 48 and 144 weeks for those subjects who did not have efavirenz resistance at baseline (N=487) are presented in Table 8.
|Outcomes||At Week 48||At Week 144|
|Change in antiretroviral regimen||1%||1%||1%||1%|
|Discontinued due to adverse event||4%||9%||5%||12%|
|Discontinued for other reasons§||10%||14%||20%||22%|
Through Week 48, 84% and 73% of subjects in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF group and the zidovudine/lamivudine group, respectively, achieved and maintained HIV-1 RNA <400 copies/mL (71% and 58% through Week 144). The difference in the proportion of subjects who achieved and maintained HIV-1 RNA <400 copies/mL through 48 weeks largely results from the higher number of discontinuations due to adverse events and other reasons in the zidovudine/lamivudine group in this open-label trial. In addition, 80% and 70% of subjects in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF group and the zidovudine/lamivudine group, respectively, achieved and maintained HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL through Week 48 (64% and 56% through Week 144). The mean increase from baseline in CD4+ cell count was 190 cells/mm3 in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF group and 158 cells/mm3 in the zidovudine/lamivudine group at Week 48 (312 and 271 cells/mm3 at Week 144).
Through 48 weeks, 7 subjects in the emtricitabine + tenofovir DF group and 5 subjects in the zidovudine/lamivudine group experienced a new CDC Class C event (10 and 6 subjects through 144 weeks).
Study 073: Study 073 was a 48-week open-label, randomized clinical trial in subjects with stable virologic suppression on combination antiretroviral therapy consisting of at least two NRTIs administered in combination with a protease inhibitor (with or without ritonavir) or a NNRTI.
To be enrolled, subjects were to have HIV-1 RNA <200 copies/mL for at least 12 weeks on their current regimen prior to trial entry with no known HIV-1 substitutions conferring resistance to the components of Atripla and no history of virologic failure.
The trial compared the efficacy of switching to Atripla or staying on the baseline antiretroviral regimen (SBR). Subjects were randomized in a 2:1 ratio to switch to Atripla (N=203) or stay on SBR (N=97). Subjects had a mean age of 43 years (range 22–73 years); 88% were male, 68% were white, 29% were Black or African-American, and 3% were of other races. At baseline, median CD4+ cell count was 516 cells/mm3, and 96% had HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL. The median time since onset of antiretroviral therapy was 3 years, and 88% of subjects were receiving their first antiretroviral regimen at trial enrollment.
At Week 48, 89% and 87% of subjects who switched to Atripla maintained HIV RNA <200 copies/mL and <50 copies/mL, respectively, compared to 88% and 85% who remained on SBR; this difference was not statistically significant. No changes in CD4+ cell counts from baseline to Week 48 were observed in either treatment arm.
How Supplied/Storage and Handling
Atripla tablets are pink, capsule shaped, film coated, debossed with "123" on one side and plain faced on the other side. Each bottle contains 30 tablets (NDC 15584-0101-1) and silica gel desiccant, and is closed with a child-resistant closure.
Store at 25 °C (77 °F); excursions permitted to 15–30 °C (59–86 °F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].
- Keep container tightly closed.
- Dispense only in original container.
- Do not use if seal over bottle opening is broken or missing.
Patient Counseling Information
Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Patient Information).
A statement to patients and healthcare providers is included on the product's bottle labels: ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with Atripla. Atripla may interact with some drugs; therefore, advise patients to report to their doctor the use of any other prescription or nonprescription medication, vitamins, or herbal supplements.
General Information for Patients
Inform patients that Atripla is not a cure for HIV-1 infection and patients may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV-1 infection, including opportunistic infections. Patients should remain under the care of a physician when using Atripla.
Advise patients to avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 to others:
- Do not share needles or other injection equipment.
- Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes and razor blades.
- Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safe sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood.
- Do not breastfeed. Some of the medicines in Atripla can be passed to your baby in your breast milk. We do not know whether it could harm your baby. Also, mothers with HIV-1 should not breastfeed because HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in the breast milk.
Advise patients that:
- The long-term effects of Atripla are unknown.
- Redistribution or accumulation of body fat may occur in patients receiving antiretroviral therapy and that the cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known [See Warnings and Precautions (5.15)].
- Atripla should not be coadministered with COMPLERA, DESCOVY, EMTRIVA, GENVOYA, ODEFSEY, STRIBILD, TRUVADA, VEMLIDY, or VIREAD; or drugs containing lamivudine, including Combivir, Epivir, Epivir-HBV, Epzicom, or Trizivir. Sustiva should not be coadministered with Atripla unless needed for dose adjustment [See Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].
- Atripla should not be administered with HEPSERA [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
Patients Coinfected with HIV-1 and HBV
Advise patients that severe acute exacerbations of hepatitis B have been reported in patients who are coinfected with HBV and HIV-1 and have discontinued EMTRIVA (emtricitabine) or VIREAD (tenofovir DF), which are components of Atripla [See Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
Lactic Acidosis and Severe Hepatomegaly
Inform patients that lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported. Treatment with Atripla should be suspended in any patient who develops clinical symptoms suggestive of lactic acidosis or pronounced hepatotoxicity [See Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].
New Onset or Worsening Renal Impairment
Inform patients that renal impairment, including cases of acute renal failure and Fanconi syndrome, has been reported. Advise patients to avoid using Atripla with concurrent or recent use of a nephrotoxic agent (e.g., high-dose or multiple NSAIDs) [See Warnings and Precautions (5.8)].
Bone Effects of Tenofovir DF
Inform patients that decreases in bone mineral density have been observed with the use of tenofovir DF. Advise patients that bone mineral density monitoring may be performed in patients who have a history of pathologic bone fracture or other risk factors for osteoporosis or bone loss [See Warnings and Precautions (5.12)].
Advise patients to take Atripla orally on an empty stomach and that it is important to take Atripla on a regular dosing schedule to avoid missing doses.
Nervous System Symptoms
- Inform patients that central nervous system symptoms (NSS) including dizziness, insomnia, impaired concentration, drowsiness, and abnormal dreams, are commonly reported during the first weeks of therapy with efavirenz. Dosing at bedtime may improve the tolerability of these symptoms, which are likely to improve with continued therapy.
- Alert patients to the potential for additive effects when Atripla is used concomitantly with alcohol or psychoactive drugs.
- Instruct patients that if they experience NSS to avoid potentially hazardous tasks such as driving or operating machinery [See Warnings and Precautions (5.7) and Dosage and Administration (2)].
- Inform patients that serious psychiatric symptoms including severe depression, suicide attempts, aggressive behavior, delusions, paranoia, psychosis-like symptoms, and catatonia have been reported in patients receiving efavirenz [See Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].
- Advise patients that if they experience severe psychiatric adverse experiences they should seek immediate medical evaluation.
- Advise patients to inform their physician of any history of mental illness or substance abuse.
Inform patients that a common side effect is rash, and that rashes usually go away without any change in treatment. However, since rash may be serious, advise patients to contact their physician promptly if rash occurs [See Warnings and Precautions (5.10)].
Reproductive Risk Potential
- Instruct women receiving Atripla to avoid pregnancy [See Warnings and Precautions (5.9)]. A reliable form of barrier contraception must always be used in combination with other methods of contraception, including oral or other hormonal contraception. Because of the long half-life of efavirenz, recommend use of adequate contraceptive measures for 12 weeks after discontinuation of Atripla.
- Advise women to notify their physician if they become pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking Atripla.
- Apprise women of the potential harm to the fetus if Atripla is used during the first trimester of pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug.
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Foster City, CA 94404
Atripla, COMPLERA, DESCOVY, EMTRIVA, EPCLUSA, GENVOYA, HARVONI, HEPSERA, ODEFSEY, SOVALDI, STRIBILD, TRUVADA, VEMLIDY, and VIREAD are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.
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Atripla® (uh TRIP luh) tablets
ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with Atripla.
Please also read the section "MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH Atripla."
Generic name: efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (eh FAH vih renz, em tri SIT uh bean and te NOE' fo veer dye soe PROX il FYOU mar ate)
Read the Patient Information that comes with Atripla before you start taking it and each time you get a refill since there may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. You should stay under a healthcare provider's care when taking Atripla. Do not change or stop your medicine without first talking with your healthcare provider. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about Atripla.
If you also have hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and you stop taking Atripla, you may get a "flare-up" of your hepatitis. A "flare-up" is when the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before. Patients with HBV who stop taking Atripla need close medical follow-up for several months, including medical exams and blood tests to check for hepatitis that could be getting worse. Atripla is not approved for the treatment of HBV, so you must discuss your HBV therapy with your healthcare provider.
What is Atripla?
Atripla contains 3 medicines, Sustiva (efavirenz), EMTRIVA® (emtricitabine), and VIREAD® (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate also called tenofovir DF) combined in one pill. EMTRIVA and VIREAD are HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus) nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and Sustiva is an HIV-1 non-nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). VIREAD and EMTRIVA are the components of TRUVADA®. Atripla can be used alone as a complete regimen, or in combination with other anti-HIV-1 medicines to treat people with HIV-1 infection. Atripla is for adults and children 12 years of age and older who weigh at least 40 kg (at least 88 lbs). Atripla is not recommended for children younger than 12 years of age. Atripla has not been studied in adults over 65 years of age.
HIV infection destroys CD4+ T cells, which are important to the immune system. The immune system helps fight infection. After a large number of T cells are destroyed, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) develops.
Atripla helps block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a viral chemical in your body (enzyme) that is needed for HIV-1 to multiply. Atripla lowers the amount of HIV-1 in the blood (viral load). Atripla may also help to increase the number of T cells (CD4+ cells), allowing your immune system to improve. Lowering the amount of HIV-1 in the blood lowers the chance of death or infections that happen when your immune system is weak (opportunistic infections).
Does Atripla cure HIV-1 or AIDS?
Atripla does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS and you may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV-1 infection, including opportunistic infections. You should remain under the care of a doctor when using Atripla.
Who should not take Atripla?
Together with your healthcare provider, you need to decide whether Atripla is right for you.
Do not take Atripla if you are allergic to Atripla or any of its ingredients. The active ingredients of Atripla are efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir DF. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Atripla?
Tell your healthcare provider if you:
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant (see "What should I avoid while taking Atripla?").
- Are breastfeeding (see "What should I avoid while taking Atripla?").
- Have kidney problems or are undergoing kidney dialysis treatment.
- Have bone problems.
- Have liver problems, including hepatitis B virus infection. Your healthcare provider may want to do tests to check your liver while you take Atripla or may switch you to another medicine.
- Have ever had mental illness or are using drugs or alcohol.
- Have ever had seizures or are taking medicine for seizures.
What important information should I know about taking other medicines with Atripla?
Atripla may change the effect of other medicines, including the ones for HIV-1, and may cause serious side effects. Your healthcare provider may change your other medicines or change their doses. Other medicines, including herbal products, may affect Atripla. For this reason, it is very important to let all your healthcare providers and pharmacists know what medications, herbal supplements, or vitamins you are taking.
MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH Atripla
- Atripla also should not be used with Combivir (lamivudine/zidovudine), COMPLERA®, DESCOVY®, EMTRIVA, Epivir, Epivir-HBV (lamivudine), Epzicom (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine), GENVOYA®, ODEFSEY®, STRIBILD®, Trizivir (abacavir sulfate/lamivudine/zidovudine), TRUVADA, VEMLIDY®, or VIREAD. Atripla also should not be used with Sustiva unless recommended by your healthcare provider.
- Vfend (voriconazole) should not be taken with Atripla since it may lose its effect or may increase the chance of having side effects from Atripla.
- Atripla should not be used with HEPSERA® (adefovir dipivoxil).
It is also important to tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any of the following:
- Fortovase, Invirase (saquinavir), Biaxin (clarithromycin), Noxafil (posaconazole), Sporanox (itraconazole), Victrelis (boceprevir), Olysio (simeprevir), or EPCLUSA® (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir); these medicines may need to be replaced with another medicine when taken with Atripla.
- Calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem or Tiazac (diltiazem), Covera HS or Isoptin (verapamil) and others; Crixivan (indinavir), Selzentry (maraviroc); the immunosuppressant medicines cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune, and others), Prograf (tacrolimus), or Rapamune (sirolimus); Methadone; Mycobutin (rifabutin); Rifampin; cholesterol-lowering medicines such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin sodium), and Zocor (simvastatin); or the anti-depressant medications bupropion (Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, and Zyban) or Zoloft (sertraline); dose changes may be needed when these drugs are taken with Atripla.
- Videx, Videx EC (didanosine); tenofovir DF (a component of Atripla) may increase the amount of didanosine in your blood, which could result in more side effects. You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking Atripla and didanosine together. Also, the dose of didanosine may need to be changed.
- Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate), Prezista (darunavir) with Norvir (ritonavir), Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir), EPCLUSA (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) or HARVONI® (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir); these medicines may increase the amount of tenofovir DF (a component of Atripla) in your blood, which could result in more side effects. EPCLUSA and Reyataz are not recommended with Atripla. You may need to be monitored more carefully if you are taking Atripla, Prezista, and Norvir together, or if you are taking Atripla and Kaletra together. The dose of Kaletra should be increased when taken with efavirenz.
- Medicine for seizures [for example, Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine), or phenobarbital]; your healthcare provider may want to switch you to another medicine or check drug levels in your blood from time to time.
These are not all the medicines that may cause problems if you take Atripla. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all medicines that you take.
Keep a complete list of all the prescription and nonprescription medicines as well as any herbal remedies that you are taking, how much you take, and how often you take them. Make a new list when medicines or herbal remedies are added or stopped, or if the dose changes. Give copies of this list to all of your healthcare providers and pharmacists every time you visit your healthcare provider or fill a prescription. This will give your healthcare provider a complete picture of the medicines you use. Then he or she can decide the best approach for your situation.
How should I take Atripla?
- Take the exact amount of Atripla your healthcare provider prescribes. Never change the dose on your own. Do not stop this medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to stop.
- You should take Atripla on an empty stomach.
- Swallow Atripla with water.
- Taking Atripla at bedtime may make some side effects less bothersome.
- Do not miss a dose of Atripla. If you forget to take Atripla, take the missed dose right away, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do not double the next dose. Carry on with your regular dosing schedule. If you need help in planning the best times to take your medicine, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
- If you believe you took more than the prescribed amount of Atripla, contact your local poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you start any new medicine or change how you take old ones. Your doses may need adjustment.
- When your Atripla supply starts to run low, get more from your healthcare provider or pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of virus in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance to Atripla and become harder to treat.
- Your healthcare provider may want to do blood tests to check for certain side effects while you take Atripla.
- Women should not become pregnant while taking Atripla and for 12 weeks after stopping it. Serious birth defects have been seen in the babies of animals and women treated with efavirenz (a component of Atripla) during pregnancy. It is not known whether efavirenz caused these defects. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you are pregnant. Also talk with your healthcare provider if you want to become pregnant.
- Women should not rely only on hormone-based birth control, such as pills, injections, or implants, because Atripla may make these contraceptives ineffective. Women must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, such as a condom or diaphragm, even if they also use other methods of birth control. Efavirenz, a component of Atripla, may remain in your blood for a time after therapy is stopped. Therefore, you should continue to use contraceptive measures for 12 weeks after you stop taking Atripla.
- Do not breastfeed if you are taking Atripla. Some of the medicines in Atripla can be passed to your baby in your breast milk. We do not know whether it could harm your baby. Also, mothers with HIV-1 should not breastfeed because HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in the breast milk. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are breastfeeding. You should stop breastfeeding or may need to use a different medicine.
- Taking Atripla with alcohol or other medicines causing similar side effects as Atripla, such as drowsiness, may increase those side effects.
- Do not take any other medicines, including prescription and nonprescription medicines and herbal products, without checking with your healthcare provider.
- Avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 to others.
- Do not share needles or other injection equipment.
- Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes and razor blades.
- Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safe sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood.
What are the possible side effects of Atripla?
Atripla may cause the following serious side effects:
- "Flare-ups" of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, in which the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before, can occur if you have HBV and you stop taking Atripla. Your healthcare provider will monitor your condition for several months after stopping Atripla if you have both HIV-1 and HBV infection and may recommend treatment for your HBV. Atripla is not approved for the treatment of hepatitis B virus infection. If you have advanced liver disease and stop treatment with Atripla, the "flare-up" of hepatitis B may cause your liver function to decline. (See "What is the most important information I should know about Atripla?")
- Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis). Too much lactic acid is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.
- Severe liver problems. In rare cases, severe liver problems can happen that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark "tea-colored" urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain.
- Serious psychiatric problems. A small number of patients may experience severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior while taking Atripla. Some patients have thoughts of suicide and a few have actually committed suicide. These problems may occur more often in patients who have had mental illness. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you think you are having these psychiatric symptoms, so your healthcare provider can decide if you should continue to take Atripla.
- Kidney problems (including decline or failure of kidney function). If you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can cause kidney problems, your healthcare provider should do regular blood tests to check your kidneys. Symptoms that may be related to kidney problems include a high volume of urine, thirst, muscle pain, and muscle weakness.
- Serious liver problems. Some patients have experienced serious liver problems including liver failure resulting in transplantation or death. Most of these serious side effects occurred in patients with a chronic liver disease such as hepatitis infection, but there have also been a few reports in patients without any existing liver disease.
- Changes in bone mineral density (thinning bones). Laboratory tests show changes in the bones of patients treated with tenofovir DF, a component of Atripla. Some HIV patients treated with tenofovir DF developed thinning of the bones (osteopenia) which could lead to fractures. If you have had bone problems in the past, your healthcare provider may need to do tests to check your bone mineral density or may prescribe medicines to help your bone mineral density. Additionally, bone pain and softening of the bone (which may contribute to fractures) may occur as a consequence of kidney problems.
Common side effects:
Patients may have dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, and/or unusual dreams during treatment with Atripla. These side effects may be reduced if you take Atripla at bedtime on an empty stomach. They also tend to go away after you have taken the medicine for a few weeks. If you have these common side effects, such as dizziness, it does not mean that you will also have serious psychiatric problems, such as severe depression, strange thoughts, or angry behavior. Tell your healthcare provider right away if any of these side effects continue or if they bother you. It is possible that these symptoms may be more severe if Atripla is used with alcohol or mood altering (street) drugs.
If you are dizzy, have trouble concentrating, or are drowsy, avoid activities that may be dangerous, such as driving or operating machinery.
Rash may be common. Rashes usually go away without any change in treatment. In a small number of patients, rash may be serious. If you develop a rash, call your healthcare provider right away. Rash may be a serious problem in some children. Tell your child's healthcare provider right away if you notice rash or any other side effects while your child is taking Atripla.
Other common side effects include tiredness, upset stomach, vomiting, gas, and diarrhea.
Other possible side effects with Atripla:
- Changes in body fat. Changes in body fat develop in some patients taking anti HIV-1 medicine. These changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck ("buffalo hump"), in the breasts, and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these fat changes are not known.
- Skin discoloration (small spots or freckles) may also happen with Atripla.
- In some patients with advanced HIV infection (AIDS), signs and symptoms of inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV treatment is started. It is believed that these symptoms are due to an improvement in the body's immune response, enabling the body to fight infections that may have been present with no obvious symptoms. If you notice any symptoms of infection, please inform your doctor immediately.
- Additional side effects are inflammation of the pancreas, allergic reaction (including swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat), shortness of breath, pain, stomach pain, weakness and indigestion.
Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you notice any side effects while taking Atripla.
Contact your healthcare provider before stopping Atripla because of side effects or for any other reason.
This is not a complete list of side effects possible with Atripla. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a more complete list of side effects of Atripla and all the medicines you will take.
How do I store Atripla?
- Keep Atripla and all other medicines out of reach of children.
- Store Atripla at room temperature 77 °F (25 °C).
- Keep Atripla in its original container and keep the container tightly closed.
- Do not keep medicine that is out of date or that you no longer need. If you throw any medicines away make sure that children will not find them.
General information about Atripla:
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in patient information leaflets. Do not use Atripla for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Atripla to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This leaflet summarizes the most important information about Atripla. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Atripla that is written for health professionals.
Do not use Atripla if the seal over bottle opening is broken or missing.
What are the ingredients of Atripla?
Active Ingredients: efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate
Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropyl cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, and sodium lauryl sulfate. The film coating contains black iron oxide, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, red iron oxide, talc, and titanium dioxide.
Revised: January 2018
Manufactured and distributed by:
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA 94404
Atripla, COMPLERA, DESCOVY, EMTRIVA, EPCLUSA, GENVOYA, HARVONI, HEPSERA, ODEFSEY, STRIBILD, TRUVADA, VEMLIDY, and VIREAD are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.
© 2018 Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved.
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emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir
disoproxil fumarate 300 mg)
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