|Another Sustiva question
Dec 24, 2005
I've read so much on the side effects of Sustiva. It seems that the rash and sleep problems may be the most problematic. I am about to start taking Sustiva after a year off antiviruals. My question is why don't I read anything regarding the use of a sleeping drug like Ambien or Ambien CR to help get through the bad nights. Also, reguarding the rash I may get. I already take an over the counter drug, Claritin D 24 hour, for allergys. In your opinion would that work as well as benedryl? I look forward to getting your response. Thank you. Mike
| Response from Dr. Young
Thank you for your post.
You're correct in that rash and sleep problems are commonly observed side effects of efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin). Rash only occurs in a small minority of patients-- I tend not to preemptively treat all patients starting on efavirenz for this reason.
By contrast, I do offer sleep aid medications, like Ambien or Lunesta for patients starting on efavirenz, particularly those who already have difficulty with their sleep habits.
I hope this helps. Good luck with the new regimen. BY
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