Generic Atripla is actively composed of three different drugs called efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir. It is recommended alone or with other medications to help control HIV infection, according to WebMD.

The drug helps to decrease the amount of viral load in the body so the immune system can work better, lowering the risk of getting complications, such as new secondary infections and even cancer.

Generic Atripla is a three-drug fixed-dose combination medicine containing efavirenz 600 mg, emtricitabine 200 mg, and tenofovir 300 mg.

Efavirenz is non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI), while emtricitabine and tenofovir are nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). They do not cure HIV infection, but they control the infection.

Generic Atripla works to prevent the virus from making copies of itself in the body, according to GoodRx.

Typically, Generic Atripla is an expensive HIV drug. The lowest price for the most common version of Generic Atripla is around $247.79, 92% cheaper than its branded version that costs $3,404.28, according to GoodRx.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Generic Atripla for HIV in July 2006. Gilead Sciences is the manufacturer of the brand Atripla.

The FDA has approved generic versions of the drug. Manufacturers such as Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, Cipla, and Teva develop and sell Generic Atripla pills, which are much cheaper than the branded counterpart is.

The recommended dose of this HIV drug for adults and children weighing more than 40 kg is one tablet once a day, preferably on an empty stomach.

Synthetic medications do come with certain side effects and generic Atripla is no exception. One may experience some side effects such as fatigue, mood/mental changes, depression, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, common cold or flu, runny/stuffy nose, skin rash, and headaches.

The drug is also associated with certain risks, such as worsening of hepatitis B, mental health issues, kidney issues, birth defects, bone problems, and liver issues. Talk to your doctor if you experience any unwanted symptoms during treatment.