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Efavirenz and Psychiatric problem

Aug 3, 2012

Does Efavirenz cause psychiatric problems? I have been on combination therapy for more than one month now (Truvada + Stocrin). I work as an air-crew and I am worried that I may lose my job due to failure in getting an aviation medical certificate if I take Stocrin (Efavirenz) as I have been told that Efavirenz causes psychiatric problems. If I decide to change my meds, which is the best combination recommend for me? Is it possible to change my meds after few months?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

Efavirenz (brand name Sustiva) does have some relatively common psychiatric side effects, including abnormal or vivid dreams. Depression, anxiety, and general nervousness have also been reported. Many patients state that these diminish after several weeks.

Speak with your physician about your medications and any implications for your employment. In general, it is preferred to maintain drug regimens without change to reduce the development of drug resistance.


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