In general, Atripla, is very well liked by my patients and has very few side effects. As you know it has three drugs in one–which is a great convenience because you only have to take one pill a day. The most common side effect is weird dreams from the efavirenz (sustiva component). For some people, these dreams can be very upsetting. For others, they are just a little bothersome. Usually the dreams subside after about 6 weeks. The tenofovir component can cause problems with the kidneys so people on this medicine are checked for kidney function with a blood test periodically.

Besides having few side effects and being easy to take, this combination is very effective.