Can I be late with Atripla?
Can taking my daily pill of Atripla an hour later than my usual time make me resistant to the medication?
Taking meds late can increase the chance of resistance. The three drugs in Atripla generally have high enough concentrations after 24 hours for this not to be a big risk if it happens very occasionally (once a month), and probably still a small risk if it happens more often.
Taking antiretrovirals as close to the prescribed time as possible is important. This is to keep good drug levels in your body and keep the pressure on HIV replication. The more HIV replicates, the higher the chance of the virus mutating. Mutations lead to resistance.
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