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Author Topic: Question about taking Atripla in the Morning  (Read 2065 times)

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Offline derreckk25

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Question about taking Atripla in the Morning
« on: June 05, 2010, 10:54:58 AM »
Hi All,

I just started taking Atripla this past Monday, Memorial Day Night to be exact 5/31/10
I'm on my 5th night and thing seems to be going okay.  I decided to take it at night (i.e. 10 p.m.) in order to handle the initial side effects.  However, I do want to switch to taking it in the morning right before I start my day, since that will best work with my schedule. 

So my question is to those who take Atripla in the AM.  How is it? Do you STILL exeperience the same side effects? i.e, dizziness/drunkness  Or are these the initial side effects one experiences when you first start taking the pill.  I'm concerned because the intake directions do say one should take it preferably at night on an empty stomach.  And, also I don't want to always start my day with those kinds of symptoms.

Ideally, I would like to take my meds in the morning before I go to work. Is Atripla the best option to do that?  Again, what is it like taking Atripla the first thing in the morning? 

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Re: Question about taking Atripla in the Morning
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 11:52:14 AM »
Hi Derrek, welcome to the forums.

I'm not on Atripla, but there are quite a few here who are and who take it in the morning.

It would seem to me that one way of going about this change would be to stay up for a few hours after you take it and see how you feel. Do this maybe once a week or so until you find you no longer experience the dizzy/drunk side-effect. You may find you can deal with it now, it may take a few more weeks, or you may be one of the people for whom this side effect never ceases.

It's mainly foods that are high in fat that seem to increase the symptoms, so you may be able to handle a low-fat breakfast. You'll have to experiment with the food thing. For some people, my bf included, food does not seem to make any difference.

If taking Atripla at night is a real problem and you find you cannot switch dosing time due to the side-effects, there are other combos you can take (such as Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada - you're already taking the two meds in Truvada) that can be taken at whatever time of day suits you best.

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Re: Question about taking Atripla in the Morning
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2010, 03:54:49 PM »
I'm one of the atripla users on this forum and I get 0 side effects from it these days seems like, however it took me a couple of months to get past the dizziness and stoned feeling of it a couple hours after taking it.  Everyone seems to process the sustiva a little bit differently however.  Ann is completely correct in that before you start taking it in the morning you may want to take the pill a little early a couple of nights in a row to see how it effects you while you are conscious.  Also if you're going to be taking it in the morning you'll need to wait a couple of hours to eat in order to minimalize the intensifying quality lipids in your diet seem to have on the side effects of the drug.


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