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Side Effects of Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, and Tenofovir

Diarrhea, fatigue, and nausea are among the most common side effects of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir. In addition, there are several potentially serious side effects that should be reported to a healthcare provider right away, including anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or seizures.

Side Effects of Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, and Tenofovir: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir side effects with you.)

Side Effects of Efavirenz, Emtricitabine, and Tenofovir to Report

Some side effects of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
    • Feeling tired or weak
    • Muscle pain
    • Trouble breathing
    • Stomach pain
    • Feeling cold
    • Cold or blue hands and feet
    • Dizziness or lightheadedness
    • A slow or irregular heartbeat
    • Persistent nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • An enlarged or tender liver
    • Weight loss
  • Changes in the distribution of fat on your body (such as a "buffalo hump")
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • A rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.

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