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mixture of efavirenz &combivir and i feel light headed
Dec 30, 2009

am 24 y old guy attending school and since i started taking my medication efavirenz &combivir which was 2 weeks ago am feeling very light headed its like i smoked a joint ! am having a trouble stying and am not sure if this will ever go away ? is mode swing part of the side effects too ??

Response from Dr. Henry

You are experiencing what is most likely an efavirenz effect on the brain which is most intense/frequent in first 1-2 weeks and for most patients diminished by week 4 (perhaps 10% still having such annoying side effects after the first month). I would make sure your HIV doc is aware of the situation to see if any adjustment in dose timing or other intervention might help or whether, if still persistent after 4 weeks, an alternative regimen might be considered. KH

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