|Generic or Branded
Dec 30, 2008
I am HIV positive from the Philippines and my CD4 is 140+ and already on medication (tenofovir, lamivudine and efavirenz) all generic, during my first month I was on Stocrin (the branded efavirenz) and my white blood count went up, until I decided to take the generic efavirenz and my blood count went down, is there any effect or it doesnt matter if i take the generic or branded? By the way I am also on interferon (pegasys) for Hepatitis B.
Hope to hear from you soon.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and happy holidays to you,
There shouldn't be any significant differences between your branded and generic forms of efavirenz; at least with regard to your total WBC count. I'd wonder if the differences in your WBC count has something to do with the timing of your Pegasys dosing-- it wouldn't be surprising to me if one of the tests was performed shortly after a Peg dose that your WBC levels could have been influenced.
Best of health to you in the new year, BY
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