Atripla which was approved by FDA in the year 2006 is an antiviral medication that works by preventing HIV from replicating in the body. This is the first multi class antiretroviral drug available in the US. It is the brand name of combination medicine that comprises emtriva, sustiva and viread that are used in the treatment of HIV infection.
Even a single pill a day is helpful in reducing the pill burden thus simplifying the dosage. The pill is also applicable in generic version so that many people can get benefited by procuring generic Atripla which is available at low cost but with equal quality as the branded counterparts.
The pill is primarily used to treat people with HIV infection. Atripla can be used alone or with other HIV-1 medicines to treat HIV-1 infection in adults and children who weigh more than 40kg. The treatment usually involves taking 3 pills a day, but with this single pill containing 3 HIV-1 medicines betterment can be achieved soon.
Atripla pill should be taken on a regular basis as advised by the physician. For best results it is better to avail these pills on time as people procuring these meds often, will be sent refill reminders to ensure that they do not miss their dose, thus facilitating the improvement of the people.
Atripla pill is available for oral administration and is usually recommended to be taken once a day. Since it is a combination of 3 medicines it contains 600 mg of sustiva with 200 mg of emtriva and 300 mg of viread. The drug should be taken on an empty stomach preferably at bed time.
The person taking Atripla medication is supposed to skip the dose instead if it is already time for the next dose but he is not advised to overdose on the medication, as overdose of the pill should be treated immediately by a physician because of its severity in side effects.
The following are the side effects of Atripla which if prevails often, a person should seek for medical help.
- Unusual dreams
- Changes in structure of the body parts
- Trouble speaking or swallowing
- Menstrual changes
Interactions with other drugs
The drug is very interactive when taken with others. A person starting his treatment on Atripla pill is supposed to tell his physician about his medical condition and other medicines that he is consuming already.
Major drugs that are found to be interactive with this drug are muscle relaxants, antibiotics, antiviral, primozide, midazolam.
So, if a person is ongoing treatment with any of these medications it is better to inform about these medications in prior to the doctor so that the doctor will be able to provide guidance in a better way.