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Pharmacist Punkaj Khanna overviews the prescription drug Atripla. If you have more questions or want to determine if this medication could be right for you, talk with your doctor. 

Atripla is a prescription antiviral medication used to treat HIV. It is a fixed dose combination of Efavirenz, Tenofovir, and Emtricitabine, all used to treat HIV. While Atripla is not used to cure HIV, it may prevent the infection from reproducing in your body. 

It is important to note that if you do have HIV, do not have any unprotected sex and never share objects like toothbrushes, razors, or needles. 

Atripla has been approved for adults and children over the age of 12. Before starting treatment with Atripla, you should be tested for Hepatitis B. Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to food or medications or if you have kidney or liver disease before taking Atripla. If you become pregnant while using this medication, make sure you tell your doctor right away.

Atripla is a pill that should be taken on an empty stomach, with a full glass of water. It is important to take this drug as it is prescribed. It is also usually recommended you wait for one before or two hours after a meal. Some people may want to take Atripla before bedtime, if it causes sleepiness. It is best to try to take the medication on a regular schedule in order to receive the full potential of the medication. 

Talk to your doctor about your HIV treatment plan. If you are unsatisfied with your treatment you and your doctor can work together to create a plan that works for you. 



Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.

This video features Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.. Punkaj Khanna earned his Pharm.D. from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He works at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has special interests in patient education and compliance.

Duration: 03:15. Last Updated On: 2016-02-08
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh . Review date: January 23, 2016