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General considerations for when and how to take Atripla include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once daily.
- Atripla should be taken on an empty stomach.
- Try to take your dose at the same time every day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions about taking Atripla. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing resistance to the drug, thereby making it less effective.
The dose of Atripla your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Atripla. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
(Click Atripla Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)