Cut in HALF!
When I started taking Atripla my ID doc said if I couldn't handle taking the pill whole, I could chop it in half, I never had a problem swallowing the whole pill so I brushed that thought aside. Lately I've been having serious problems with side affects and have really wanted to stop taking Atripla. Then I thought about what she said and decided I would try to chop the pill in half, take one half in the morning and the other half in the evening, evenly spaced apart. I have been doing this now for three days and I have felt much better. I have noticed alot less problems with stomach cramps, bathroom issues and much less of that buzzed, dizzy feeling. I'm not sure exactly how this will affect the level of the medicine in my blood, I"m going back to see my doc in two weeks and she will let me know then if it is okay to continue taking half a pill twice a day. IF if doesnt work, I'm going to have to stop taking Atripla, either way something must give. I want to be healthy but not at this expense. I just wanted to put this out there to see what everyone has to say about it. All comments are very much appreciated as I am at a loss for what to do and am grasping at straws to be able to tolerate this medication in my life.