Also available as:
Emtricitabine-Efavirenz-TenofovirDisoproxil, Viraday, Vonavir
$104 – $1,600
What is Atripla?
HIV treatment observes the rule of ART or antiretroviral therapy, which means taking a fixed-dose combination of ARV drugs. This form of treatment includes Atripla.
The said ARV drug is combined with three different drugs.
- 600 mg of efavirenz
- 300 mg of tenofovir disoproxil
- 200 mg of emtricitabine
Atripla medication is also available under names such as Viraday and Vonavir.
Atripla Common Prescription:
- Taken for adults
- 18 years or older – at least 40 kgs above
How does this drug work?
As mentioned, Atripla is comprised of three common HIV medications under three different categories of drugs:
- Emtricitabine – NRTI
- Tenofovir – NRTI
- Efavirenz – NNRTI
These categories of ARV drugs work together in preventing the virus from its reproduction activity after the infection. Since HIV makes use of enzymes in their multiplication process, the fixed-dose combination of Atripla ensures that the process won’t go through. This action enables the immune system to work better and decreases the number of the virus in the body system.
Just like other antiretroviral medicines, Atripla’s dosage still depends on a number of variations. These include:
- Patient’s age (often recommended for adults age 18 and above)
- Patient’s weight
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- Hypersensitivity to Atripla
- Body’s reaction or response to ARV medications
Adult and Children Dosage:
- 1 tablet daily (for patients at least 40 kgs)
How to take it?
Consume Atripla with water, at least once daily. It is usually done before mealtime. Always consume your daily dosage at the same schedule every day. Doing so will not avoid skipping doses. You can even set the alarm to ensure you are notified of the dosage schedule. Remember to always follow your healthcare professional’s advice in taking Atripla. For dosage change, the same action must be done – consultation with the doctor. This practice will avoid any mistaken dosage, which may totally affect the treatment process.
Atripla Side Effects
The side effects of this medication may depend on the severity of the disease, as well as the type of dosage that will be provided to you. Doctor consultation is a prerequisite once these side effects persist for a longer time.
Common Side Effects:
- Sleeping problem
- Changing of skin colour (darkening or paling)
- Mood swings
- Unusual dreams
- Joint and Muscle Aches
Severe Side Effects:
- Abnormal urination
- Extreme thirst, dry mouth
- Bone fractures
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Extreme tiredness
- Muscle aches
- Peeling, blistering or shedding of the skin
- Tingling, numbness, burning of the limbs
- Swelling of the face and the limbs
Securing Atripla properly helps the medication from not spoiling and being damaged. Avoid placing it from direct sunlight and too much cold. Avoid refrigerating it. Should the medication expire, dispose of it properly.