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Author Topic: Eating with Atripla.  (Read 11671 times)

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Offline Matthew

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Eating with Atripla.
« on: November 25, 2007, 02:58:29 PM »
I am new to posting on this board, but I have been on it reading since my diagnosis 2 years ago.

I started Atripla about 1 week ago, and I was wondering if everyone who takes it on here avoids food for 2 hours prior? Is it necessary for absorption, or to limit side effects?

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Offline newt

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2007, 05:24:51 PM »

Side effects

Food don't affect how the drug works against the virus

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Offline PJC0510

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2007, 10:22:08 AM »
Hello Matt!

I started Atripla 2 weeks ago today and have found out that taking the pill about an 1 1/2 hour after I eat and about an hour prior to bedtime cuts down on the woozy feeling I was having.

I feel a little woozy should I need to get up in the middle of the night for thwe bathroom.  But by the time I get to work I feel fine!

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Offline vokz

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2007, 02:31:18 AM »
Food certainly wont limit how the drugs work; but eating (especially fatty meals) in the couple of hours before you take your Atripla is likely to elevate the level of the Sustiva element of your Atripla to way above the necessary therapeutic levels and thus exaggerate the side effects (especially that woozy / drunk / high feeling).

During the first month, or so, you are almost certainly going to feel woozy no matter what you do; but in the longer term you will probably find that you only feel that way when you donít avoid food in those couple of hours before you take your meds.

Offline Atripla_User

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2007, 11:13:42 AM »
i eat ice cream, or pizza or whatever i want before bedtime if i am hungry and then i take my atripla, for a year now, with splendid results, once you get used to it, you should be fine, see what works for you. !!!

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2007, 06:15:31 PM »
I am new to posting on this board, but I have been on it reading since my diagnosis 2 years ago.

I started Atripla about 1 week ago, and I was wondering if everyone who takes it on here avoids food for 2 hours prior? Is it necessary for absorption, or to limit side effects?


Hey Matthew, I am 3 weeks into Atripla and the first two weeks, I had to struggle to eat due to the foul, metallic taste in my mouth that started after the metal moved out of my head  :P - I personally avoid food after about 7:30 and take it at 9:00 every night and crash/sleep about 10:30.  Up at 5:30 and really hungry but I have felt really good since about day 14.  It was almost like a light switch.  Ok... 3 weeks in is no expert but optimistic here for us both!
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Offline MIPOZ

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2008, 01:57:23 PM »
I agree, I have been taking Atripla for about a year & I have no ill effects what so eve. Great Medication

Offline mplsdoubled

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2008, 08:41:23 AM »
Have been on it for a month and now I don't worry about when I eat - it doesn't seem to effect me and I have no side effects.  No wooziness, no "stoned" feeling, no problems.

Good luck.

Offline SoSadTooBad

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2008, 10:07:06 AM »
A little drunkennes from Atripla a few hours after I take it, if I am still awake,  But nothing that is a real bother.  Eat, drink and be merry.

Offline mrtallguy

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2008, 07:47:53 AM »
Hey Mathew,

Atripla was the first combo I took for a year.  I took it at night and it kept me awake....very sensitive sleeper here.  So I switched to a morning dose which helped my sleep but I had to stay away from any fatty foods for 4 hours after I took it.  One day I took the Atripla around 7am and around 10am at work I started munching on some pistachios....an hour later I got this insane "high" which was so bad I almost went to the ER.  After posting a link on the forums I found out that fatty foods increase the absorbtion rate of anything in your system.   As you can see most people report great results with Atripla....I eventually switched off of it due to the return of sleep issues and I could not work during the day with the high sensation. 

Every med effects each of us differently so if it works for you....be grateful and don't mess with it.   Just know that there are many options and if this does not work....it is not cause for alarm....you just have to find what works for YOU!   I switched to Truvada/Reyataz/Norvir combo it works great.

Thanks for being a part of this great forum!


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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2008, 09:10:08 PM »
I have been on Atripla for a couple months and I had to move my dose to a 10am dose because it was affecting my sleep...now I really have no problems at all...I also dont eat 2 hours before or prior to taking it....I have breakfast at 8, my pill at 10 and lunch around 12 or 1....I for some reason like the daytime dose better.
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Sept 2007 cd4 280 28.37% and VL 19,200
Nov 2007 cd4 230 25.87% and VL 38,000
Dec 2007 start Atripla
Jan 2008 cd4 490 32.5% and VL 119
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Offline LordBerners

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2008, 09:52:16 AM »
I just recently tried Atripla for about a week and though I did have very little sleep, that was nothing compared to the primary difficulty - I couldn't eat anything.  I lost all appetite, and even to force feed myself was very difficult, as food seemed to have the texture of cardboard, and seemed to have disgusting flavors.  Also I found it extremely difficult to swallow, and could only do so by making a sort of pill of the food and swallowing with ice water.  I lost 12 pounds in a week. 

Thankfully now I'm off the Sustiva, which was apparentely causing this, and will soon drop the meds entirely.
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Offline kennyboi

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Re: Eating with Atripla.
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2008, 11:47:23 AM »

I've been on Atripla for just over a year and a half.  It is recommended to avoid foods with a high fat content for two hours before/after taking the drug due to increased absorption which aren't harmful but increase the side effects like dizziness or feeling "woozy".  I have definitely found this to be the case.  These effects are related to the Sustiva component (efavirenz) in the combo.  In addition, if I eat and then go to bed I get some of the most bizzare dreams.  Not horrible, just weird.  Like many of the other posts, I try to take the drug and get to sleep within an hour to an hour and a half because I don't care for the buzzed feeling from it.


Ken  :)


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