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sleeping too much
Sep 27, 2007

I am a 59 years old woman from Africa just diagonsed with HIV and cd4 134. Three weeks ago was put on med ( epifivrafine and Lumidavine). I feel so tired and sleepy almost sleeping all day. I also have some pain on my right leg. Will this go away? How long will I be like this? Thank you

Response from Dr. Henry

I am not familiar with those particular medications or spelling. If you are taking efavirenz (often called Strocrine) then sleep problems for the first 4-6 weeks are very common and perhaps more so in African or African American women due to higher drug levels. Fatigue is fairly common as well during the early months of therapy which is frustrating since everyone expects to simply feel better. I hope the regimen you are on contains 3 HIV medications versus two since 3 are usually more effective though sometimes 2 is all that is available. KH

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