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Author Topic: Does Atripla have Sulfa in it?  (Read 1996 times)

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Offline azuresc

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Does Atripla have Sulfa in it?
« on: November 21, 2009, 10:08:30 AM »
I have been looking everywhere to find out if any of the drugs in Atripla contain sulfa. No luck so far. As I was telling a friend that I was being put on Atripla, he told me he couldn't take it because it had sulfa in it. I am just now recovering from a week in ICU from a severe sulfa drug reaction that left me without most of my skin. Surely my Dr. wouldn't miss something that obvious, would he? This is all new to me and a lot happening all at once. I'm waiting now to get the Atripla through ADAP but told to start it when I get it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
08/12/09 tested +
CD4: 134 VL:<500,000
09/07/09
CD4:232 VL: 29,000
thrush-given fluconazole
Given Dapsone instead of Septra to avoid sulfa.
09/21/09
Put in ICU for reaction to Dapsone(sulfa.)
09/24/09
CD4:437 VL:N/A
developed non-PCP pneumonia
10/16/09
CD4:236 VL:69,000

Offline BM

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Re: Does Atripla have Sulfa in it?
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009, 02:33:47 PM »
As far as I'm aware, none of the ingredients of Atripla are sulfa drugs. Someone on here said that darunavir is the only sulfa HIV drug, but I could say whether this is true.

Offline jm1953

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Re: Does Atripla have Sulfa in it?
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009, 04:32:57 PM »
I have been looking everywhere to find out if any of the drugs in Atripla contain sulfa. No luck so far. As I was telling a friend that I was being put on Atripla, he told me he couldn't take it because it had sulfa in it. I am just now recovering from a week in ICU from a severe sulfa drug reaction that left me without most of my skin. Surely my Dr. wouldn't miss something that obvious, would he? This is all new to me and a lot happening all at once. I'm waiting now to get the Atripla through ADAP but told to start it when I get it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm so sorry to hear about your latest experience with Sulfa.  As a fellow sulfa allergy sufferer I can relate, however I have never had symptoms as severe as yours.  I hope you heal fast.

My suggestion is to really read the literature that comes with the medication looking for allergy warnings, and ask your pharmacist....  Or go on line and look the drug up on Rxlist.com, (not completely sure if that is the right name,) or google Atripla or the drug you are concerned about.  Generally if you go to the manufacturer's Atripla site, they should list all the side effects and allergic reactions to look out for.  And remember to be ask your pharmacist as well.

Hope this helps, and I wish you a speedy recovery.  Let's hope we can help prevent you from getting another one.

Take Care,

Jeff
Positive 25 years. 7/21/2012 Current CD 4: 780 Viral load: less than 50. 38 to 40%
Current drug regimen, Isentress, , Emtriva, Sustiva Wellbutrin, Klonipin, Allegra, Ambien, Testosterone, Nandrolone, Vicodin, Benedryl, Aspirin, lots of vitamin supplements.

Offline GNYC09

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Re: Does Atripla have Sulfa in it?
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2009, 07:02:26 PM »
I am allergic to Sulfa and have been on Atripla for 7+ months without any allergic reactions.  I agree with jm1953 and check with your pharmacist. 

Offline azuresc

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Re: Does Atripla have Sulfa in it?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 03:28:11 AM »
Thanks guys! I checked the manufacturers site and five or six more and found nothing about it. Even read the miles of stuff that comes with the info packet. I guess my friend must have had it mixed up with another drug or had a reaction to it but thought it was because of sulfa.  Like a lot of people on here, I asked Dr. Gallant. He said there was no sulfa in any of the three drugs in Atripla. Thank God! He said my friend may have been thinking of Lexiva or Prezista. So at least now I know not to ever take those. I never want to have to go through what I did before so I may have been a little over zealous but I just had to know for sure before I started it. Now if they will just approve me and get it to me so I can start dealing with the other 100 side effects of it...lol!
Jeff, your kind words meant a lot. Good days or bad, it's always better when someone is nice. ;-)
Also, thanks GNYC09, it is good to hear someone else with allergy issues has been on it without any reactions.
08/12/09 tested +
CD4: 134 VL:<500,000
09/07/09
CD4:232 VL: 29,000
thrush-given fluconazole
Given Dapsone instead of Septra to avoid sulfa.
09/21/09
Put in ICU for reaction to Dapsone(sulfa.)
09/24/09
CD4:437 VL:N/A
developed non-PCP pneumonia
10/16/09
CD4:236 VL:69,000

 


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