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Dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and diarrhea are the most commonly reported side effects of Atripla. In most cases, problems with Atripla are minor and easily treated, but you should seek medical attention immediately if you develop kidney problems, suicidal thoughts, or anxiety.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Atripla™ (efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate); however, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Atripla. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Atripla has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what problems occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common Atripla side effects included:
- Diarrhea -- in up to 9 percent of people
- Nausea -- up to 9 percent
- Fatigue -- up to 9 percent
- Depression -- up to 9 percent (see Atripla and Depression)
- Dizziness -- up to 8 percent
- Sinus infection -- up to 8 percent
- Upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold) -- up to 8 percent
- Rash -- up to 7 percent
- Headache -- up to 6 percent
- Anxiety -- up to 5 percent
- Insomnia -- up to 5 percent.