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Author Topic: Atripla timings - when should I take them  (Read 1242 times)

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Offline ik

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Atripla timings - when should I take them
« on: February 08, 2011, 08:34:54 AM »
Hi there - I have been on Atripla for about 10 days and taking my pill between 10pm and 11pm every night.  One area I am not sure on is the timings and taking them at the same time every day.  I know you need to keep to a routine and stick to the same time but whats not clear is if I take it a little earlier or a little later because of my life style (i.e. I happen to be out with friends until midnight).

So, what I am asking is: If I happen to take my pill a couple of hours earlier than normal or later, will this have an effect on the treatment its giving me?

The consultant tells me on the dot same time every day but on the Atripla website it says to take it when I go bed!

confused.com  8) 8) 8)

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Re: Atripla timings - when should I take them
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011, 11:35:26 AM »
+/- 2 hours from your normal time will not make any difference. Especially after your viral load falls below 50 copies. When you go to bed is good, practical advice.

The reason doctors are insistent about taking your meds on time (called adherence) is because this keeps the level of the drugs in your body topped up. It is this that keeps the HIV down. If the drug level falls below a useful amount, then HIV can escape and reproduce. This sometimes leads to HIV that is resistant to the meds and they may stop working.

- matt
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